Some people exploring their care options are confused by the difference between the terms ‘home care’ and ‘domiciliary care’ but these are just two ways of referring to the same thing – care at home provided by visiting home care workers.

A growing number of families are choosing domiciliary care (or home care) because it allows them to have full control over the support they receive. Domiciliary care can mean one visit a week or several visits each day from trained care worker who offers one-to-one personal attention and assistance with daily household tasks.

A paid domiciliary carer can visit you at home to help you with all kinds of things including:

  • getting out of bed in the morning
  • washing and dressing
  • brushing your hair
  • using the toilet
  • preparing meals and drinks
  • remembering to take your medicines
  • doing your shopping
  • collecting prescriptions or your pension
  • getting out, for example to a lunch club
  • getting settled in the evening and ready for bed

Domiciliary care is available for people of all age ranges and is a good alternative to care homes or live-in care. It also means that you or your loved one will not have to move out of home.

The overall cost of domiciliary care will vary from person-to-person depending on the level of care required and how many visits you have each week. The good news is that you or your family will not always have to cover the cost of the care yourself. In some cases there are likely to be services available from your local council that can help with the cost of the care you receive.

If you want your local council to help you receive domiciliary care (or home care) then you need to start by asking them for a needs assessment. This will help the council decide whether or not you are eligible for care. If you are eligible, the council may recommend help at home from a paid carer and will arrange domiciliary care for you. If you aren’t eligible, they can help with free advice.

Depending on your circumstances, your local council may contribute to the cost of domiciliary care or you may have to pay for it yourself. If your needs assessment recommends homecare, you may get help with the cost from the council.

What you’ll contribute depends on your income and savings. The council will work this out in a financial assessment. If the council is paying for some or all of your homecare, they must give you a care and support plan. This sets out what your needs are, how they will be met and your personal budget (the amount the council thinks your care should cost).

If you’re not eligible for the council to contribute to your domiciliary care (or home care) costs, you’ll have to pay for it yourself.

Choosing the right kind of care can be a tricky and confusing task so it’s always best to chat to an expert. Our care team are ready and available to answer any and all questions you might have so please get in touch now. No obligation, no hard sell, just the information you need and some friendly advice.