Domiciliary Care in your Own Home
Domiciliary Care in your Own Home A carer visits you in your own home (your present home or an extra care apartment if you choose to move to one) and helps you with any daily activities you cannot safely manage on your own (getting dressed; washing around the house; going to the toilet). How often they visit and for how long each visit lasts, depends upon how many ìone-to-oneî care minutes/hours you require.
Domiciliary care providers (and there are over 4000 in the UK) are regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England, by the Commission for Social Services Inspectorate for Wales and Social Care and Social Work Improvement in Scotland. If you have recently come out of hospital or are due to be discharged from hospital you may be entitled to a re-ablement package, this is normaly free for an initial period of care, sometimes up to six weeks.
Nigel Smith is a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer who needed a little extra assistance with certain tasks so he could stay in his own home. Click to read his story.
My carers are worth their weight in gold. I’ve got multiple sclerosis and I’ve done everything possible to keep going but now I’m confined to a wheelchair and there’s a limit to what my wife can do. So I got carers in to help out.
I chose carers because I wanted to be in my own home: it’s nice to be here, with your homely things around you. The carers come every weekday to get me up, shower me, feed me, and take me to the commode. I couldn’t manage without them.
Sometimes they are young carers and I say to them that I couldn’t do what they do – but they love it. And if you like your job you do a good job, don’t you? The last of our daughters is getting married in August and I’ve even asked one carer to come along, to give my wife a break.
I’d recommend them to anyone. They are very reliable, very courteous, very professional and always on time. I’m pleased with them, I trust them and they have never let me down yet. I take my hat off to those girls. I feel very lucky to have them.