A Guide for Families

Understanding the Different Levels of Home Care: A Guide for Families

Companion Care:

Companion care is ideal for older people who are relatively independent but require assistance with daily tasks and companionship. Care Professionals provide companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, and transportation for appointments and errands. Companion care enables older people to maintain their independence while receiving support with essential activities of daily living.

Personal Care:

Personal care, also known as custodial care, provides assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and mobility assistance. Care Professionals help older people with tasks that require hands-on assistance, ensuring their safety, comfort, and well-being. Personal care services are tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences, promoting independence and dignity in the comfort of their own home.

Specialist Care Services:

Specialist care is designed for older people with specific health conditions or complex care needs. This level of care may include services such as dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, Parkinson’s care, post-surgery care, or hospice care. Care Professionals undergo training to provide expert care and support for older people with unique medical, cognitive, or emotional needs, ensuring they receive the highest quality of care tailored to their condition. Follow this link to view a recent Parkinson’s Case Study with Home Instead.


Navigating the different levels of home care can feel overwhelming for families, but with the right knowledge and support, it’s possible to find the best fit for your loved one. Whether it’s companion care, personal care, or specialized care, Home Instead offers a range of services to meet the diverse needs of older people in Chichester & Bognor Regis. If you’re unsure about which level of care is right for your loved one, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on 01243 844111. Our team is here to provide guidance, support, and compassionate care every step of the way.

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