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Types of Homecare

Home care, also known as domiciliary care, is when a carer travels to your home to help. This is a common practice often organised through local councils or private agencies. Home care is excellent for people who want to remain in their own homes but need a little bit of help doping day to day […]

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Home care, also known as domiciliary care, is when a carer travels to your home to help. This is a common practice often organised through local councils or private agencies. Home care is excellent for people who want to remain in their own homes but need a little bit of help doping day to day tasks; you could be disabled, elderly or managing an illness.

Domiciliary care workers are all trained and have a DBS check to ensure everyone’s maximum safety. In addition, there are official bodies that regulate and monitor home care agencies to provide excellent legal practice. These regulators visit agencies to conduct in-depth assessments, and all findings and reports can be found online so that patrons can choose the best agency for them.

Home care agencies will do their best to match clients with an appropriate care worker in that area, based on location, availability, and personality. As you will be spending much time together, it is essential that you are dealing with someone you get along with and even have similar interests in. Daily care visits can typically last for 30 minutes to an hour but can occur several times. Alternatively, your care worker could stay for more extended periods that allow for more help such as daily tasks, housework, meal preparation and going outside together or running errands. This type of care allows for a deeper bond between client and care worker, and carers can find it easier to provide a more personalised and enjoyable experience with their client.

If home care sounds like the right step for you, you will need to decide which type is best for you, as there are several styles to choose from depending on your needs.

 

Personal Care

Personal Care is the daily support on tasks that some may find more difficult due to getting older or dealing with an illness or disability. This can include shaving, using the bathroom, getting dressed, washed or general hygiene. In addition, care workers can use installed sliders and hoists to help those with limited mobility. However, it is up to each individual to how they want their care carried out. All personal care is carried out with secretion and respect to uphold their client’s dignity.

 

Companionship Care

This is ideal for older people who may be lonely or at risk of becoming lonely due to their environment or situation. They may be healthy enough to live independently and without the support and do not wish to move to a care home or retirement village to meet new people but do want regular communication to stay mentally well and happy.

 

Dementia Care

With approximately 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, it is understandable that the disease comes in many forms and requires many different care methods. Specially trained care workers help maintain a routine and social balance, assisting in personal and household tasks and supporting their clients to maintain as independent a life as possible.

 

Respite Care

A respite care home is a service offered to provide a break for people who care full time for a loved one or family member. Another type is for those leaving the hospital who need extra help while they recover, which can apply to people of all ages.

 

Live-in Care

Care workers will live in their client’s homes to provide care, support, and companionship. This is a perfect option for those who need daily care and friendship, but they also have extra space in the home.

If you are unsure which type of care is best for you, feel free to contact us at Westwood Care and Support Services 01482 629 506.