Quality care from within your own home
Like most industries, health and social care has its own set of terms, and some may be unfamiliar to you. Domiciliary care might be one of them. Let’s take a look at what domiciliary care is and the type of valuable support it provides.
What does domiciliary care mean?
Quite simply, when a carer or personal assistant offers visiting support at home.
Different to live-in care where you receive ongoing support, this type of care is for those who prefer support at set regular times each week. This could be as little as a weekly housekeeping visit through to several visits a day to help with personal care, getting around the home or preparing meals, for example.
It even covers overnight support if you need some extra assistance with nightly toilet trips or taking medication. You can arrange what is called a ‘sitting service’ for the whole of the night so if there is ever a problem, someone is on hand to help.
Who is domiciliary care for?
Those who wish to stay within their own homes may be very interested in the idea of regular visits from a qualified carer. It may be that they need a little extra support after having an operation or have a long-term condition such as dementia, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis.
Domiciliary care, in short, is for anyone who wants to remain independent within the comfort of their own home rather than move into residential care, but may need some extra help in order for that to happen.
As a regulated care provider with nearly 30 years’ experience of supporting people in their own homes, our carers can help in all kinds of ways, with their priority being the comfort and wellbeing of the person in their care.
What does domiciliary care include?
Defined as a range of services which are put in place to ensure that an individual can stay at home, domiciliary carers offer support in a variety of areas but always focuses on helping the person they’re supporting to follow the lifestyle and routines that they have become familiar with.
Personal care covers a range of areas. The type of support a person needs will depend on a number of factors, but does include tasks such as showering and bathing, changing continence pads, and maintaining comfort to prevent pressure sores. Some of the other tasks include tending to hair and nails, shaving, and foot care.
Domiciliary carers always aim to carry out their care with discretion and in a way that respects the privacy of the person they’re supporting as much as possible. And if there are particular tasks that they want to carry out independently, the carer will always respect that too. After all, that’s what domiciliary care is all about.
Companionship and hobbies facilitation
It’s not just practical duties that domiciliary care supports with – it’s also a way of enabling people to carry on doing the activities that matter most to them, such as a particular hobby. And domiciliary carers will also get involved in these if their customer wants them to.
Loneliness affects many UK adults of all ages, and this is why companionship plays such an important aspect of domiciliary care. Companionship and social interaction helps to enhance mental wellbeing and ensures that the person in their care has someone on hand to talk to, whether that’s about a particular topic or something that might be troubling them.
Housekeeping and meal preparation
There’s no place like home. However, for those needing additional care support, housekeeping tasks like polishing, cleaning the windows, or sorting out the laundry can soon build up. Domiciliary support can take care of these tasks, ensuring that the house is kept in a clean and tidy condition.
Domiciliary care might also be an option for those worried that their friend or family member is struggling to have regular meals or has lost weight following an operation.
Domiciliary care vs. care homes
Both options offer fully qualified carers who, above all, are focused on delivering the best possible service.
However, moving into a care home can be incredibly disruptive for someone who is used to their own environment. They could lose their routine or find it difficult to interact with the other residents at the home.
Domiciliary care can be an ideal option for ensuring a person to continue their routines with friends or family members still there to help but with a trained carer on hand to offer support at particular times or with specific activities.
Ultimately, domiciliary care aims to provide one-to-one support without the upheaval of having to leave behind a person’s home comforts but everyone’s care needs are different and will vary depending on their needs.
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Page reviewed by Sarika Dhillon, Regional Care Director on July 18, 2019