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Home Instead Bristol North provides a wide range of high-quality Domiciliary Care Services throughout north Bristol. We cover Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym, Stoke Bishop, Downend, Bromley Heath and surrounding areas. Domiciliary care is where individuals and families are supported with assisted living help that is tailored to their specific requirements and habits.
A Care Professional is carefully matched to the needs and preferences of the client to ensure we continue to provide the best home care possible. After all, to us, it’s personal.
This approach has been helping families across north Bristol live a happy and fulfilling life at home and is one of the many reasons we’re one of the nation’s top, award-winning home care service providers in the UK.
Our Care Professionals can provide companionship and emotional support as well as physical assistance with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking and cleaning. They can also assist with medication management and monitoring of health conditions such as high blood pressure. With care at home, we make it easy to stay in your own home while receiving the level of support you need from someone who is kind and compassionate and will support you with the dignity and respect you deserve.
Home Instead Domiciliary Care can help you with a range of daily living tasks, including:
Domiciliary care, also known as home care, is quickly gaining popularity as a viable option to a residential care facility and nursing home care. Domiciliary care allows individuals who require varying levels of care (due to illness, long-term medical concerns, or age) to live in their own homes independently or for longer than previously possible without support or assistance.
What are the benefits of Domiciliary Care?
The fundamental benefit of domiciliary homecare is that it is provided in a person’s own home, avoiding the need for them to spend time in a care home, residential senior living facility or hospital and allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own house.
Other advantages include the fact that domiciliary care services are usually less expensive than residential care, and you are receiving one-to-one personalised support, because you pay by the hour for visiting care and don’t have the expense of paying for the facility you are cared for in.
Domiciliary care is a service that can be provided to adults who have temporary or long-term care requirements that need assistance with help around the home, personal care, and medication support. It is not just for the elderly needing health maintenance by a qualified home care worker.
Is it the right option for me?
There are several factors to think about when considering whether or not domiciliary care is right for you.
To begin, you’ll need to assess your care needs, with help. This might be a chat with your Doctor or contacting us at Home Instead Bristol North, to talk through your situation. We will provide you with a care consultation where we will assess your needs and requirements to see what is best suited to your situation.
Many families are choosing domiciliary care, also known as in-home care as it allows them to maintain control over the assistance they get.
Our care plans are entirely tailored to you, with one-on-one personal attention. Each visit is a minimum of an hour with consistent care professionals.
How do I know my care provider is safe and professional?
Our Care Professionals are background-checked, undergo industry-leading training, and adhere to strict domiciliary care and infection control standards.
Our Care Professionals
The team of Care Pros at Home Instead Bristol North are not just compassionate and loving, but also professionals with substantial training and experience.
For security and the safety of our patients care workers are subject to enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) security checks.
There is no such thing as a minor task when it comes to providing care. It can begin as simply as someone dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat. This is known as companionship care, and it often entails a social visit, shopping assistance, as well as cooking and light cleaning.
Home help & support:
A carer will come to your home at prearranged visits times to assist you with opening mail, paying bills, and other tasks that help you maintain your home. This is a particularly beneficial care choice for people who suffer from learning difficulties or other challenges.
Multiple care visits per day:
Many of our clients introduce the idea of care to their loved one and enjoy more than one visit per day from their Professional. You can choose the times you feel would be most beneficial. For example, meal times, bathing times, bedtimes, etc.
Our overnight carers are trained and experienced in providing quality, compassionate and professional care for those who need it most. They will ensure that your routine is maintained throughout the night so you can sleep soundly knowing they’re there for you.
What is the difference between domiciliary care services and residential care?
Simply put, domiciliary care is delivered in a person’s own home, whereas residential care entails a person remaining continuously in a specialised facility designed to provide care, often being required to sell their previous home, if owned.
Is home care better than residential care?
Those who require nursing care may have care demands that are too severe to be met in a domestic environment, so residential care is usually a better alternative than domiciliary care.
Many people do not require residential care but have previously lived in a residential home or sheltered housing due to a lack of knowledge around the options for care at home. Domiciliary care provides comfort and allows individuals to stay in their home surrounded by memories and familiar items collected throughout the years.
This type of care is better as it allows you to continue independent living.
Is it possible to have specialised care?
Domiciliary care is perfect for those who require a little extra help at home, for example support with washing, dressing, mobility, medication and light housework.
Your first step should be to contact your GP, consultant, or us here at Home Instead Bristol North if you believe you have special care needs. We will all be able to do a care assessment to decide if Domiciliary Care is exactly the kind of care help (and any equipment) you’ll require to live safely, comfortably, and independently in your own home.
Who typically works as a domiciliary care worker?
Whilst a domiciliary Care Professional does not need any specific qualifications, they must have some experience, and we look first for their personal caring values, giving everyone peace of mind that they are receiving exceptional care. We talk about the ‘Mum’ test – would we be happy with this Care Professional looking after myour own mother. Here at Home Instead, we have an industry-leading care programme where all of our Care Professionals undergo thorough training and are DBS and reference checked before starting work.
When necessary, we also collaborate with district nurses and occupational therapists to ensure that we can provide care that matches your individual needs, whether it’s dementia care, nursing care, or companionship care or assistance with mobility.
You can pay for your care in a variety of ways. The manner in which you pay and the amount you pay will be determined by a variety of criteria, including the location in which you live, the amount of money you have in savings and assets, and the care company you select.
Paying for your own care
Even if you think you have enough money to pay for your care yourself right now, it’s crucial to find out all of the benefits you’re eligible to, like attendance allowance, because your contribution to care will be calculated as if you’ve already received all you’re entitled to.
You’ll need to think about future costs as well as how long you’ll require the care. The intensity and type of care you receive may also change over time – for example, your condition may deteriorate over time, necessitating more frequent visits.
Pay for your domiciliary care with equity release
Equity release is one of the most popular ways to pay for home care, if income or savings do not allow this. It means you can get a tax-free lump payment right away and continue to live at home while receiving care.
Speaking to your bank or mortgage provider will help point you in the right direction and see if this is an option for you.
Use benefits to subsidise your domiciliary care costs
As a result of your particular condition, you may be eligible for benefits that you can use to pay for your domiciliary care.
Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance is now called Personal Independence Payment. Personal Independence Payment is for people aged 16 to 64, while Attendance Allowance is for people aged 65 and over.
You can find information on the gov.uk website or at your local Citizens Advice Bureau if you need help determining which benefits you are eligible for. Certain organisations and social key workers can also assist with benefit applications.
Use your benefits to pay for your care
This option is for those who do not have the financial means to pay for their medical care.
Although paying for home care exclusively with benefits is possible, it may limit your choice of care companies, and you may not be able to choose your perfect care provider. To supplement your paid care, you may need to use government and charity programmes.
The benefits of having family and friends offer care may also help offset the cost of domiciliary care.
The Care Plan
Once you contact us to discuss your needs and requirements, we will arrange a convenient time for a Care Manager to come to your home to carry out a consultation.
The consultation forms the basis of the care plan. Each care plan is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual. All existing habits are considered – whether you have a specific regimen, a prescription schedule, or a pastime that is significant to you.
During the consultation the Care Manager will ask you questions about your expectations for your care and any objectives you may have. They will then create your own personalised care plan based on your needs and requirements.
For example, you could want to be able to go for longer walks, heal from an injury, and so on. Your objective may be as simple as staying at home as long as possible.
Evaluation of the environment:
They will also carry out a “risk assessment” of your home which is to ensure that we can safely give the care you require.
The Care Manager will confirm the ways in which the Care Professional will access your home, the times of the visit(s), and the manner in which the Care Professional will record their visits.
In the event of an emergency, the care manager will check that they have the correct contact information for you and any family members or friends.
Terms and payment:
The Care Manager will go over the service agreement, how payments will be made, and other terms.
How to choose a paid carer?
If you’re arranging your own homecare, there are 2 main ways to do this: