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Home / Domiciliary Care

Home / Domiciliary care

Having a carer come to visit you in your home can make a huge difference to your life, especially if you have difficulty walking, getting around or general care needs. It can help you stay living independently in your own home.

This type of care is known as home care or domiciliary care or sometimes home help.

Types home care

Home Care

A carer can visit you at home to help you with all kinds of things including:

  • getting out of bed in the morning
  • washing and dressing
  • brushing your hair
  • using the toilet
  • preparing meals and drinks
  • remembering to take your medicines
  • doing your shopping
  • collecting prescriptions or your pension
  • getting out, for example to a lunch club
  • getting settled in the evening and ready for bed

Home Help

This is slightly different to homecare and means day-to-day domestic tasks that you may need a helping hand with such as:

  • cleaning (including putting on clean bed sheets)
  • doing the washing up
  • doing the laundry
  • gardening

You might want some home help instead of or as well as homecare.

Most councils don't provide home help. Contact a charity such as the Royal Voluntary Service, the British Red Cross or your local Age UK to see whether they can help (they may not be free).

Employing your own carer

Instead of using an agency, you can hire your own carer, sometimes called a private carer or personal assistant.

If you employ a carer, you have the legal responsibility of an employer. This includes arranging cover for their illness and holidays.

Which? Later Life Care has advice on employing a private carer.

Will I have to pay?

There may be some cost for our services, but the amount will depend on what services you receive and whether you qualify for financial help. We will support you to do a financial assessment to work out how much you will need to contribute towards the cost.

You may wish to read our Paying for Home/ Domiciliary Care page

Help choosing a home care provider

It's important to do some research to make sure it's the right place to meet your needs/needs of the person you are caring for.

Here are some websites which may give you more information on some things to consider when choosing a Home Care provider.

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