What Is home or domiciliary care?

At Home Instead, our aim is to help people age positively and in place, which means bringing expert care to them at home. This helps them to live independently and enjoy a stimulating life where they’re most comfortable. 

For nearly 20 years, we have been providing the highest standard of care, and creating industry-leading training programmes for our Care Professionals that are accredited by nursing and medical professionals. Today, we are the world’s largest global home care network, supporting over 100,000 seniors with personalised, tailored care at home. So, whatever questions you have about home care, Home Instead can help. 

What is domiciliary care?

The term ‘domiciliary’ means anything concerning someone’s home, so Domiciliary Care refers to the care someone can receive in their own home, as opposed to in a hospital, assisted living facility, or nursing home. Domiciliary Care is an important service that supports individuals who need a helping hand with their daily living activities, but are not yet ready to move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. 

Domiciliary Care allows those individuals to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own house or the house of a loved one, and continue their independence while receiving the required care from professionals. A trained professional can visit them to help with things like personal hygiene, meal assistance, companionship, medication management and more.

What Is Home Or Domiciliary Care

Who could benefit from this type of care?

Lots of different types of people can benefit from at-home care, but it can be particularly helpful for the likes of seniors, individuals with disabilities, or anyone recovering from an illness or surgery. This might include anyone with mobility, health or cognitive issues that require them to avoid things like excessive movement, strenuous activities, or remembering to carry out certain tasks – like taking medication at specific times, or turning off appliances. 

In other cases, home care can simply be light-touch support or providing weekly company so an elderly individual can remain at home, stay connected to their community, and never feel lonely. Domiciliary Care can be invaluable in order to maintain a sense of independence and positive quality of life. Not only does it allow the individual to feel in control of their own life, it enables their family to effectively manage their own responsibilities while safe in the knowledge that the wellbeing of their loved one is in good hands.

What Is Home Or Domiciliary Care

What types of domiciliary care are there?

There are a number of at-home care services, which might include things like:

  • Personal Care: Help with daily activities like bathing, getting dressed and personal grooming
  • Medical Care: Medical professionals (such as registered nurses) for things like administering appropriate treatments or managing a medication schedule
  • Companion Care: Regular check-ins to combat loneliness, provide emotional support, and assist with social activities
  • Respite Care: Temporary care to relieve families and loved ones for a short time
  • Dementia Care: Care for those with dementia conditions to ensure they remain safe and comfortable at home
  • Live-in care: Round-the-clock assistance from a professional who stays at the home, for individuals with more extensive care needs
  • Shared Lives: Care that supports individuals with additional needs (for example, adults with learning disabilities) that struggle to live on their own. A Shared Lives carer may integrate the individual with their family while providing appropriate care
  • Palliative Care: End-of-life care to support and comfort an individual, provide pain management if needed, and offer emotional support to anyone with a terminal illness

As often as possible, people who require additional help should be offered the best care option for their circumstances that doesn’t diminish their current independence, but also doesn’t leave them with unmet needs. Home care is a great way to achieve this goal. 

What Is Home Or Domiciliary Care

What types of domiciliary care does Home Instead provide? 

At Home Instead, we understand there’s no place like home, so our home visits aim to help older individuals retain independence and stay in familiar surroundings. Here is a brief overview of some of the services we provide: 

  • Companionship
  • Home Help and Housekeeping
  • Personal Care
  • Night Care
  • Day Care
  • Respite Care
  • Specialist Care
  • Alzheimer's Care
  • Dementia Care
  • Cancer Care
  • Parkinson's Care
  • Our Care Professionals are the best of the best, and highly trained to deliver the services you need. Plus, during our selection process, we look for people who enjoy similar interests so we can find the right person to support you. No matter what type of home care you are looking for, we can provide a tailored service that suits you or your loved one. 

    The above is a brief overview of the services we provide, but if you would like to learn more about anything we do, feel free to reach out to our friendly Home Instead team

    We’re an award-winning home care provider and part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest quality relationship-led care for older people in their own homes. Arranging care for yourself or your loved one shouldn’t be stressful, so whatever questions you would like answered, feel free to reach out to the Home Instead team to discuss your needs.