What is Domiciliary Care?

Domiciliary Care is where an individual is given support to continue living happily and safely in the comfort of their own home with help which is tailored to their specific needs.

Domiciliary Care, also known as home care, is a fantastic alternative to a residential care home because it allows a person to continue living their life as they have always done, whilst receiving care from someone who in time becomes an extension of their family. Our clients get to remain in their own community, under their own roofs, surrounded by their own things and continue to live by their own rules. Home care allows them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Studies show that 71% of people would rather grow old in their own homes but due to society’s often reactive approach to care, it often doesn’t work out this way. Addressing care before it is needed is the best way to avoid this.

The care visits can range from a one-hour visit to a Care Professional living with you 24 hours a day.

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What Does Domiciliary Care Involve?

Domiciliary Care involves support with a range of daily tasks. Our Care Professionals can provide companionship, emotional support and physical assistance with everyday tasks such as:

  • Housework
  • Cooking
  • Managing post
  • Medication assistance and management
  • Cleaning and laundry
  • Bathing and personal care
  • Dressing
  • Pet care
  • Companionship
  • Being taken to appointments, such as the GP or physio appointments
  • Outings to garden centres, coffee shops etc
  • Specialist care such as dementia care, palliative care, overnight care & live-in care

Home care can also help with the monitoring of health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. 

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Types of Domiciliary Care services

Companionship care:

Domiciliary care can begin with something as simple 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, a trip to the garden centre or local coffee shop and engaging in activities and hobbies such as gardening, reading the newspaper together or doing a word search. Our Care Professionals can also take their clients to doctor’s appointments and can help ensure they are eating well and staying hydrated by supporting with meal preparation and encouraging good nutrition. 

Companionship is vital in helping to avoid the health issues that social isolation can cause and is a great way to introduce professional care ahead of the need for any additional support needs that may develop. 

Home help:

The benefits of a clean and tidy home are far reaching.  Living well starts with looking after your home and having a clean and tidy environment.  Our Care Professionals will come to your home as often as you would like to assist you with things like taking out the bins, hoovering, decluttering, feeding the cat and even washing and ironing.  Our home help service takes care of your home so that it remains clean, tidy and safe.  This frees up valuable time and energy so our clients can focus on doing the things they want.

Personal Care:

Whether its supporting with personal care, help with dressing, eating, sleeping or bathing, we can help make a big difference to your quality of life.  As with everything we offer, this is tailored to you and your wishes.  Different people have different needs and wishes and we adapt what we do accordingly.  Our Care Professionals are trained to provide care with dignity and respect. 

Domiciliary Care with two Care Professionals:

We can also provide support from two Care Professionals if you require assistance getting in and out of bed or walking—an ideal solution for those who have equipment in their homes to support them with their mobility and need around-the-clock supervision.

Multiple care visits per day:

Many of our clients enjoy multiple visits per day from their Care Professional. You can select the times you feel would be most beneficial. For example, getting ready for the day, meal times, bathing times and bedtimes.

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What are the benefits of Domiciliary Care?

The real benefit of Domiciliary Care is that it is provided in your own home, avoiding the need to move into a care home or residential living facility.

Other advantages include the fact that Domiciliary Care is usually far less expensive than residential care and often works out to be a fraction of the cost of more residential care options. With our visiting care, you are receiving one-to-one personalised support because you pay by the hour and don’t have the expense of paying for the facility you are cared for in.

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How Domiciliary Care works with Home Instead

Many families choose domiciliary care as it is a more personal approach to care. 

Our care plans are tailored to you with one-on-one personal attention and support. Home visits range from 3 hours per week to numerous visits per day or overnight care and specialised support. There are also options for a live-in Care Professional to reside with you at home and provide care when it’s needed the most.

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Why choose Domiciliary Care over a Care Home?

Domiciliary Care clients receive personalised and dedicated support in their own homes, whether that is simply companionship or assistance with their daily activities and personal needs to more specialised care.  With Home Instead, clients form a lovely bond with their Care Professionals who are carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of their client and are local.  We always aim to offer consistency with regular Care Professionals visiting at specific times.  The care is tailored to the needs of our clients and ensures that we promote independence and support them to achieve their desired way of living.  Our support allows clients to remain at home, in the place they know and love the most where they have a lifetime of memories.  

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 remaining continuously in a specialised facility designed to provide care.

Is Domiciliary care better than residential care?

Domiciliary care allows individuals to stay in their home surrounded by memories and belongings collected throughout the years.  This type of care is better as it encourages clients to continue living independently and they can remain in their local communities and often close to loved ones and friends. However, those who require nursing care may have care demands that are too severe to be met in a home environment – if that is the case, residential care may be a more suitable option.  If you are unsure, we would be more than happy to discuss more about the support we can offer at a free consultation.

Is it possible to have Specialised Care?

Domiciliary Care is perfect for those with a chronic disability, physical disability or palliative care needs.

Your first step should be to contact your GP, consultant, or us here at Home Instead Cuffley Cheshunt & Harlow if you believe you have specialist care needs. We will all be able to do a care assessment to decide if home care is suitable and identify any equipment you’ll require to live safely and comfortably in your own home.

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Home Instead Cuffley Cheshunt & Harlow Domiciliary Care

Here at Home Instead Cuffley, Cheshunt & Harlow, we make it possible to stay in the comfort of your home while receiving the level of support you need.  Our Care Professionals are kind and compassionate and will go above and beyond to deliver care with the dignity and respect you deserve. Home Instead Cuffley Cheshunt & Harlow provides a wide range of high-quality Domiciliary Care Services throughout Potters Bar, Cuffley, Goffs Oak, Northaw, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Enfield, Nazing, Roydon, Harlow and the surrounding areas.

For more information, please get in touch today on 01707 243 880.

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