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A Complete Guide to Domiciliary Care

Domiciliary care, or domiciliary home care, is individually tailored care delivered within the comfort of your own home. Qualified carers will visit your home to provide the bespoke support that you need to keep you safe, happy and healthy at home.

What are the benefits of Domiciliary Care?

As domiciliary home care services are tailored to your individual care and support requirements, the benefits are far-reaching. They can help you to achieve your own personal goals.

Many people view domiciliary care as personal care and support delivered to support an individual experiencing ill health, or perhaps as short-term help to improve mobility following an injury or return from hospital. Whilst this absolutely can be the case, domiciliary home care is also beneficial in many other circumstances.

What services do Domiciliary Care provide?

Domiciliary home care services can provide a vast range of support via tailored home care visits, including:

  • Assistance with personal care, such as washing and dressing.
  • Help around the home, including housework, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
  • Support with medication and attend medical appointments.
  • Companionship and check-in visits.
  • Help to get out and about in the local community, including attending events.
  • ‘Holiday cover’ is for when family carers are away or unable to provide support.
  • Support to maintain hobbies and interests.
  • Rehabilitation support to get back on your feet after injury.
  • Help to regain confidence and independence after a setback or change of circumstances.

What does Domiciliary Care involve?

Domiciliary care involves scheduled visits from a qualified carer, to deliver bespoke care within your home. The length and frequency of these visits, along with the type of level of care and support which you need, are agreed in advance as part of your care assessment.

A care assessment is an opportunity for you to sit down with your chosen domiciliary home care provider, discuss the support that you are looking for, get to know members of the team who will deliver your care, and agree on how they can best help you to thrive at home.

What is the purpose of domiciliary care?

The great thing about domiciliary care is that it is what you make of it!

People seek domiciliary home care services for a variety of reasons, to suit their own personal goals and ambitions. For some, regular support allows them to retain their independence and stay in familiar surroundings. For others, home care relieves them from the burden of domestic chores, enabling them to live life to the fullest. Others may be looking for the companionship of regular visitors, and reassurance for loved ones who do not live nearby. To others, domiciliary care is the ticket to feeling part of their local community and continuing to do the things they love.

Whatever your reason for seeking care at home, tailored domiciliary care visits will enable you to live the life you choose. 

Who might use a domiciliary care service?

It is a common misconception that domiciliary home care services are restricted to the older generations, but the truth is that families and individuals of any age can benefit from support at home.

Our Somerset Care home teams provide domiciliary care to everyone from families with young children, to young adults living with complex medical conditions, to retired individuals in need of a little extra help. The beauty of domiciliary care is that the right package of home care can be of great benefit to almost anyone, whatever their circumstances.

The perfect home care solution

If you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, our community care teams across Somerset and the wider South West are here to help. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to speak to someone about care options that meet your needs, our Enquiries Team will be more than happy to help.

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