Domiciliary care is the provision of services that enable a person to remain living in their own home. This service is available to anyone, at any stage of his or her lives from children to adults and can address issues that might emerge suddenly or have developed over time.
Essentially domiciliary care allows a person to retain that normality, independence and familiar surroundings whilst getting the support they might need with anything from physical disabilities or sensory impairment through to mental health issues or learning disabilities.
It is essential that a proper assessment of a person’s needs be carried out to determine the support provided meets the person’s needs and outcomes.
Why would you need domiciliary care / what can it assist with?
Domiciliary care can support a person with a wide range of requirements associated with support for day to day living, illness, long-term medical issues or old age. As a result it can significantly reduce the length of time a person might spend in hospital by facilitating recuperation at home. It can assist with areas such as household tasks, personal care, companionship, medication management or even live-in care and can cover a wide range of regular tasks such as:
- Getting up in the morning and going to bed
- Help and support with personal care needs
- Preparing meals
- Shopping, Attending a local social activity, meeting friends
- Implementation of support in relation to individual service fund
- Picking up prescriptions, attending hospital appointments, giving medication
- Helping with money, managing and paying bills, collecting pensions
- Supervisions, companionship and emotional support
- Cleaning & laundry
- Dog walking
As domiciliary care can address a wide range of needs it can be an incredibility flexible type of support and can take the form of intensive domiciliary care for short periods through to low-level long-term support. It can be temporary or permanent and the person-centred approach means support should be thoroughly tailored around the unique needs of the individual.
The flexibility of domiciliary care also applies to the methods of payment as it is something that you can either pay for yourself or use benefits to either subsidise or pay for outright depending on your situation.
Why you need a bespoke package
As it is such a wide ranging and flexible care service it is absolutely essential that a bespoke package is developed for the individual. Everyone requiring support has unique and potentially complex needs. They may also have very particular requirements in terms of the intensity and frequency of the care.
In certain cases a person might need specialist care for dementia or Parkinson’s and it is important to bear in mind that in some cases where a person may have very specific needs, domiciliary care may not even be the best option. A thorough and professional assessment is crucial to ensure the development of a properly personalised support plan. Using established and accredited agencies will ensure that a person receives care from well-trained, professional care workers.
Alternatives to domiciliary care
There are, of course, alternatives to domiciliary care from assistive technologies through to assisted living and residential care homes. If domiciliary care is not going to meet the needs of a person then it is essential that a different form of care be explored.
Whether domiciliary care is the right choice or not the emphasis must be on the bespoke support plan that is developed and a clear focus on ensuring that the type of care always meets the needs of the person.