Homecare or domiciliary care is where a person receives additional support from a trained carer with household tasks to help maintain their independence and quality of life. A significant advantage of this type of care is that it is built around the individual’s needs in their own home.
A domiciliary care worker can provide support on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the individual’s specific needs. In some cases, there is the alternative of around-the-clock care known as live-in care.
For those not familiar with domiciliary care, it is worth noting that anyone can benefit from this type of care at any point in their lives; it’s available to everyone regardless of age or circumstance. Carers also provide respite care to family members who need to take a break from the daily care of a loved one.
Domiciliary carers can help with a range of tasks, including:
- personal and continence care
- managing medication
- helping to mobilise in and around the home
- household tasks and meal preparation
- accompanying the individual on visits to the doctor
- clinical care, including catheter and stoma management and PEG feeding
- more specialist care such as dementia and palliative care
The UK standards of domiciliary care allow care workers to only administer medications that are prescribed by a doctor, not over-the-counter medicines.
Care workers are not trained nurses. If this type of care is needed, an appropriately qualified professional would be recommended.
Further information can be found here Care and support in the home services - Kent County Council