Home care, sometimes also called care at home or domiciliary care, is where a Care Assistant or support worker visits someone in their own home to look after them. This might be for just a short time after coming out of hospital or while a relative is away, or it might be a long-term arrangement
When someone needs a lot of extra support, care homes (sometimes called residential care, nursing or residential homes) are often the first thought. However, this can be a distressing decision and it’s not always necessary. Care at home can be a great alternative to moving to a care home.
In many cases, Community Care Assistants can help people to stay independent in their own homes, even if there’s a diagnosis of dementia or significant mobility issues.
Care at home can range from a short visit occasionally to offer a bit of help with medication or housework, all the way up to full-time live-in care.