Domiciliary care, (also known as home care), is when you provide support to help people with various conditions continue to live an independent life in their own home. The care is usually given by trained professionals who make regular visits, sometimes several times each day, or live with you so you can receive 24-hour care at home.
Whether you choose half-hour daily visits or a round-the-clock live-in carer, the great advantage of domiciliary care is that you stay in control of your care, and don’t have to move out of your home, which can be time-consuming, costly and stressful.
With a home carer looking after you, your normal routines aren’t disrupted and you continue to live in the environment you’re comfortable and familiar with. You can have as many or as few care visits as you like, and step up the level of care as your ability to cope on your own lessens.
Domiciliary care is often provided by relatives as “unpaid carers”. If the needs of their loved one become too burdensome or complex, or they require medical intervention, the family can turn to paid professionals to provide the care at home.
It’s very common for family members to step in and support an older relative who is struggling with living alone. Frequently, a spouse will end up becoming a carer for his or her partner. And it’s increasingly common for young people to care for parents with physical or mental incapacities.
Choosing to care for a relative comes from a natural desire to look after those you love. But caring for someone you’re close to can be very stressful, emotionally as well and physically, particularly if you don’t have professional training.
If you’re already thinking you might need professional help caring for a relative, then the right time to seek help from a professional home care provider is probably now! A fully-trained at-home carer will ensure your relative is getting the right kind of care at the times they need it.
Seeking help from a professional home carer will also:
Contrary to common misconceptions, it’s not just the elderly that require additional help and support at home.
Domiciliary care is also suitable for people with a wide range of physical or mental conditions who want to continue living independently because they can perform many activities themselves but need some extra help with daily tasks.
Domiciliary care is flexible. By staying in your own home, you’re not paying for care when you don’t need it. Unlike being in a residential or care home, the amount and type of domiciliary care you receive is entirely up to you, and can change as your individual needs change.
Having care at home is also ideal if you don’t don’t feel comfortable in a care home environment. This can be the case for people who struggle in different social situations, such as those with autism or ADHD.
Younger people may also feel more comfortable with in-home care, as the general population typically associate care homes with older people, so this can help reduce any sigmatism.
At-home carers provide a range of care and support services. At Butterflys Care Group we understand that each client is different, so we assess your individual needs and create a personalised care plan, taking into account your existing routines. Our goal is to support each client’s independent living and improve quality of life.
Domiciliary carers are recruited from a variety of healthcare backgrounds, and are carefully trained to provide care in a professional and non-intrusive way, following high moral standards. Whether your carer visits you once a week for a chat and a cup of tea, or is a live-in carer providing 24-hour support, the tasks they can help with include:
The cost of your care will depend on the type and frequency of the care you need. If you only require a few hours of help each week with household chores and meal preparation, the cost will be less than if you need a more intensive live-in personal care package, with medication preparation and mobility assistance.
Domiciliary care costs can vary widely from £15-£30 per hour. According to the NHS, typical hourly costs are £20, which will vary depending on where you live.
Fees for a overnight live-in carer will be higher than daytime care, with typical costs at around £800 a week (but it can cost as much as £1,600 a week if you need a lot of care).
Generally, you’re expected to pay for your own domiciliary care.
But you may be entitled to financial help from your local council if your savings are below the ‘upper capital limit’, currently £23,250, but rising to £100,000 in October 2023.
You will need to take a needs assessment so that the council can decide what care they think you need, and a financial assessment to make sure your finances are below the upper capital limit. You would be expected to put any state benefits you’re entitled to, such as attendance allowance, personal independence payments and universal credit, towards the cost of care.
If you are entitled to financial help from the council, you can:
Finding the right in-home care provider for you or your family member is so important. The fact that you need care means you might be more vulnerable than you were, or that bit older and frailer. So it’s essential that at this stage of your life you make the right choice and find a caring, professional and suitably qualified at-home carer, who understands your needs and puts them first.
So, you’ve identified that you need some additional help and support at home, but you’re unsure whether to use a professional care provider.
In this blog we’ve identified the benefits of bringing in professional help as an alternative to uprooting yourself or your loved one into a care home, or continuing to rely on family members as ‘unpaid carers’.