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Care in your own home: Domiciliary care

Personal care in your own home (known as home care services or domiciliary care) is usually provided by your council or by a specialist agency (organisation or private company) following an assessment of your needs (a "Care Needs Assessment'). There are clear advantages for those who want to stay in their own homes to having care at home, however there are also potential drawbacks to consider. These include the possibility of having to employ a number of different domiciliary care workers to come at different times, and thr worry of being let down occasionally if your home care agency is particularly busy or coping with a staff shortage or sickness.

FirstStop Factsheet 6 : Care and Support at Home

Assessment for home care services

Currently, many local authorities do not provide domiciliary care or home care services unless your needs are assessed as high or critical. Where home care is provided the council will usually apply a financial assessment to determine whether you will have to pay some or all of the charges.

Increasingly, instead of the local authority providing home care services they will make a payment directly to you (a 'Direct Payment') so that you can choose and engage your own care workers, or use the available money in other ways to get home care services.

The main ways in which elderly people receive help at home are:

  • Washing and dressing
  • Getting up and going to bed
  • Meal preparation and help with feeding
  • Continence care
  • Taking medication regularly

Other assistance in your own home

There are several other ways in which (following a needs assessment) the council can support you to stay in your own home, or you can make arrangementsĀ independently, for example:

Equipment for daily living

Alterations - adapting your home to stay independent

Calling for Help: A guide to community alarms

FirstStop Advice Line 0800 377 70 70

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Our fully independent, expert Advisors are here to help you. Call us free, or email to request a call back at a time that suits you.

FirstStop can:
  • Advise on how to get the help of an Occupational Therapist
  • Provide details of home care agencies in your area
  • Advise on all aspects of choosing and paying for personal care
  • Introduce you to one of our panel of specialist Independent Financial Advisors
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