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Domiciliary Care: Your Questions Answered

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Domiciliary care information and resources to help you decide if it could be the right option for your later life care.

Domiciliary care is a service currently used by nearly 900,000 people in the UK and this part of the industry continues to grow annually as the UK population continues to age. Care providers are able to help those requiring live-in care to remain safe and secure in their own homes, avoiding residential care.

Are you considering domiciliary care or live-in care as an alternative to residential care? Take a look at these Q&A’s to help you feel more informed as you plan your later-life care:

What Is Domiciliary Care?

Domiciliary care is where a carer lives in your home with you and provides care and support based on your needs and the agreed services. A home carer will usually provide help with personal care such as helping you wash and dress, help with nutrition and basic cleaning around the house. A carer can also help with pet care, gardening, mobility, help with getting to appointments and even help with holidays – the care package is designed to suit your individual needs and budget.

What Does Domiciliary Care Cost?

Domiciliary care can be cheaper than residential care, especially if you are a couple and you both require care in the home. For a detailed idea of the costs of such care, it is a good idea to talk to one of our member care providers. They will be able to give you a cler idea of costs based on your specific needs.

Does Live-in Care Have To Be A Long-Term Arrangement?

Live-in or domiciliary care does not need to be a long-term arrangement and it can be short term for respite, for the period of time following a medical emergency like a stroke, or for preparation before going into residential care.

Can You Have Specialist Dementia Care In The Home?

Specialist care for dementia and other conditions is available in the home as long as the care providers you have arranged care with offer those kinds of services. It is a good idea to ask about these services when you first enquire with the agency to ensure they can offer you what you need.

Will You Only Have Contact With One Carer?

You are likely to have more than one carer as home carers often work in shifts that are about two weeks long, to enable them adequate time off and time in their own homes.

Can I Choose My Carer?

You will, of course, have a say in the carer who cares for you. Good care providers will ensure that there is a rapport between their clients and carers before a placement is made. If there are any problems at all the agency will be contactable and will work with you to resolve issues or replace the carer.

How Do I Arrange Domiciliary Care?

The first step is to determine the type of care that you need. We then recommend you speak to several live-in / domiciliary care agencies that cover your area to get a better idea about your options. The more you know about your options, the more informed your decision will be. 

Please take a look at our more detailed Guide to Domiciliary Care for more information.

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