Information and resources about domiciliary care, including details about the many benefits of this kind of care.
Domiciliary care is also known as live-in care, home care , nd at-home elderly care. All of these terms refer to care that is provided to you in your own home. Domiciliary carers can offer a bespoke package based on your needs. The basic services usually offered by a domiciliary carer include:
- Help with washing
- Help with getting dressed
- Help with maintaining appearance
- Toileting help
- Medicine organization and administering
- Help to get to appointments
- Light cleaning
However, carers can also provide a wide range of additional care including help with pet care, gardening, dementia care and even accompaniment on holiday. Domiciliary care is flexible and works for a lot of elderly people in the UK as a great alternative to residential care, which the Live-in Care Hub discovered the majority of people would prefer to avoid if they required care. If you are considering domiciliary care there is a lot to think about. To help you get started with gaining information about this type of care, take a look at these key benefits to domiciliary care:
Helping Your Loved One Maintain Independence
One of the best aspects of domiciliary care is that it enables the person receiving care to maintain their independence. Clients get a choice in when they eat, get up, bathe, go to bed, go and go to socialize. That control and independence remains and is enhanced by a domiciliary carer who is there to support the client, not control their day to day activities.
Loneliness is known to be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and it affects 1.9 million elderly people who often feel ignored, or worse, invisible. The companionship of a domiciliary carer helps to combat loneliness, not just because of the company of the carer, but because the carer will encourage and help to arrange socializing for their client.
A Sense Of Self
A sense of self can be lost in residential care as a person loses their ability to enjoy their days how they want to, to choose the food they want to eat, to be able to make a bacon sandwich and watch a film late at night because they feel like it. A person might not be able to see their friends, and they lose the surroundings they have come to love. Domiciliary care helps a person maintain their sense of self, which is vital to treat mental health in later life.
Whether care is for one person or two, involves pets, different residencies, different health needs or other changing situations or challenges, care in the home can be adapted. Elderly care in the home is totally adaptable and so, whatever happens, the care plan fits around the needs of the client without the rigidity associated with other types of care.
It Can Be More Affordable Than Residential Care
In some instances, live-in care can cost less than residential care, especially if you are in a couple and you both require care in the home. You can get an idea of residential and live-in care costs on the UK Care Guide care calculator.
Dedicated care is something that is often not afforded to those in residential care. No matter how well qualified or professional the staff are in an elderly care home, the demands of the job mean some carers struggle to even find the time to have a conversation with their clients because they have limited time to provide personal care.
The Next Step
The next step in arranging domiciliary care is to do lots and lots of research. The more you know, the better able you will be to make the right decision about your future care. Speak to your GP and social worker, to your family and friends and take a look at The Live-in Care Hub, NHS Care pages and the WHICH care guide. The more you know, the more likely you are to make a decision that is right for your later life care plans.