What is Domiciliary Care?

Domiciliary Care is where individuals and families are supported with assisted living help tailored to their specific requirements and habits in the comfort of their own home.

Domiciliary Care, also known as home care, is a viable option for a residential care facility. This type of care at home allows individuals who require varying levels of assistance (due to illness, long-term medical concerns, or age) to live in their own homes independently or for longer than previously possible.

Domiciliary Care can range from a one-hour visit to a Care Pro living with you 24 hours a day.

Home Instead Wandsworth provides a wide range of high-quality Domiciliary Care Services throughout Wandsworth, Lambeth & Dulwich & surrounding areas.

We explore the various options available to assess and agree on how we can help your loved one remain living in the comfort of their home for as long as possible.

What Does Domiciliary Care Involve?

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

We can also assist with the monitoring of health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Here at Home Instead Wandsworth, we make it possible to stay in the comfort of your home while receiving the level of support you need.  Our Care Pros are kind and compassionate individuals who will go above and beyond to deliver care with the dignity and respect you deserve.

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 senior living facility.

Other advantages include the fact that Domiciliary Care Services are usually less expensive than residential care.

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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Who is Domiciliary Care for?

Domiciliary Care is a service provided to older adults with temporary or long-term care requirements that need assistance with activities, mental health, and medical conditions.

Is it the right option for me?

There are several factors to consider when looking into whether or not Domiciliary Care is right for you.

To begin, you’ll need to assess your care requirements and to do so, call us here at Home Instead Wandsworth. We will provide you with a free care consultation and, without obligation to assess your needs and requirements to see what is best suited to your situation.

How Domiciliary Care works with Home Instead

Many families choose domiciliary care as it is a more personal approach to care without upset loved ones having to leave home.

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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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.

Regulations & Reviews

We are regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission); currently, we hold the GOOD rating.

You can also see our reviews from families we have worked with on homecare.co.uk  or across other platforms on the internet such as Google, Autumna, Care choices and more.

Our Care Professional

Our Care Pros are not just compassionate and kind individuals; they are professionals with substantial training and experience. Home Instead invests heavily in the safety of our clients and Care Pros and provides a significant amount of industry-leading training before any Care Pro meets a Client.

All Care Pros are subject to enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) security checks for our client’s security and safety.

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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 talk. This is known as companionship care, and it often entails a social visit, shopping assistance, and occasionally engaging in activities and hobbies. It 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 & support:

A  Care Professional will come to your home as often as you would like to assist you with the following day-to-day activities:

  • Companionship
  • Medication management
  • Household chores
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal prep
  • Running errands
  • Social activities

And other tasks that help you maintain your home,

This will help to ensure a safe and healthy living environment is maintained along with appropriate nutrition and hydration to avoid illness and potential hospitalisation.

Domiciliary Care with two Care Professional: 

We can provide domiciliary care with two Care Professionals if you require assistance getting in and out of bed or walking—an ideal solution for those who need around-the-clock supervision.

Multiple care visits per day:

Many of our clients introduce the idea of care to their loved ones and enjoy multiple visits per day from their Care Pros. You can select the times you feel would be most beneficial. For example, meal times, bathing times, bedtimes.

Live-in :Care Professional

Live-in care is where a trained Care Pro moves into your home to provide care when it is needed. Live-in care is an excellent option for those who want to provide their loved ones with the best possible care. It’s also perfect for people who are unable to leave their homes or have difficulty getting around. We offer live-in care at home, which means that our Care Pro will be there when your loved one needs them most.

24-hour Care:

24-hour care at home requires two or more Care Pros to work 12-hour shifts. The evening Care Pro stays awake through the night, whereas the day shift Care Pro will provide support throughout the day.

Why choose Domiciliary Care over a care home?

Domiciliary Care Clients receive personalised and dedicated attention in their own homes, including assistance with all their daily activities and personal needs providing companionship, specialised care,  offering protection for fall prevention and emergency response by calling emergency services when necessary.

Domiciliary Care is typically a more affordable option than a care home or assisted living facility.

In addition, it also gives flexibility for families to spend more time with their loved one.

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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 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 about care options 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 encourages Clients to continue living independently and remain close to loved ones and friends.

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What does a Domiciliary Care Professional do?

A domiciliary care provider, also known as a Care Pro, is trained or has experience providing care for others in their homes. When someone needs assistance to live independently at home, a Care Pro can help support them.

Care Pro can live full time in your home by gradually transferring tasks, including cooking meals and helping with chores around the house.

Tasks could include:

  • Household tasks
  • Cooking
  • Medication assistance and management
  • Cleaning and laundry
  • Bathing and personal care
  • Dressing
  • Pet care

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 Wandsworth if you believe you have special care needs. We will all be able to do a care assessment to decide if Domiciliary Care is appropriate and identify any equipment you’ll require to live safely, comfortably in your own home.

What happens after I’ve chosen Home Instead?

Personalized Care Plan

Contact us to discuss your needs and requirements so we can inform you of all of our services.

Each care package is flexible and unique, and all existing habits and preferences are considered – whether you have a specific nightly overnight care regimen, a prescription schedule, or a pastime that is significant to you.

Home Visit:

We’ll come to your house to examine your care needs. The goal of the care assessment is to ensure that  Home Instead Wandsworth can safely provide the care and support you require to remain living at home.

Our care assessments typically involve the following:

Visit and priorities:

A Care Manager will come to your home and ask you questions about your expectations for your care and any objectives you may have. They will then create your own personalized care plan based on your needs and requirements and the outcomes you and your family wish to achieve.

For example, you could want to go for longer walks, heal from an injury. But, on the other hand, your objective may be as simple as staying at home as long as possible and having a companion to keep you company.

Evaluation of the environment:

Your home will be subjected to an “environmental assessment” by the Care Manager. This is a quick check to discover whether any changes to your home are required to deliver your care. This could, for example, entail rearranging furniture.


The Care Manager will confirm how the Care Pro will access your home, the visit times (s), and how the Care Pro will record their visits.

Emergency contacts:

In case 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 their terms of service, how payments will be made and other terms.

How can I work out what my care costs will be?

You can pay for your care in a variety of ways. How you pay, and the amount you pay will be determined by various criteria, including the location you live, the amount of money you have in savings and assets, and the care company you select.

Pay for your care yourself

Understanding the financial commitment of care is imperative.

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.

Our Care Managers can assist you with this and talk you through the options available.

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 put you in the right direction and if this is an option for you.

Use benefits to subsidise your domiciliary care costs

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 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. Specific organisations and social key workers can also assist with benefits applications.

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.