Homecare: All you need to know

What is Home Care? 

If you are beginning to struggle with some aspects of managing every-day activities for yourself, you may be starting to need some assistance. This type of care is known as Home Care or domicilary Care or sometimes home help.  

Why might you need it? 

A home carer can assist with activities of daily living that may be becoming more difficult for you to manage yourself due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes they can physically assist or supervise personal care such as getting up, washed dressed in the mornings or it may be that you require some meal preparation. A home carer can help you to stay independent and living in your own home. 

How do you organise it? 

Home Care can be provided through an agency or by an independent individual. Your local Council may have listings of agencies who operate in your area. Some agencies have specific specialities for instance dementia care or learning disability, so it is important to know what you want help with and why. It is advisable to check credentials of any Agency  - everything should be easily accessible through their website, including CQC reports. An agency should be registered and  

How does it work? 

If you are beginning to struggle with some aspects of managing every-day activities for yourself, you may be starting to need some assistance. This might be to physically help you to get up, washed and dressed in the mornings or help with meal preparation.  

Having a carer come to visit you in your home can make a huge difference to your life, especially if you have difficulty walking or getting around. It can help you stay living independently in your own home. 

Homecare can be very flexible. You might need a carer for only an hour a week or for several hours a day. You might need a live-in carer. 

It can be temporary – for example for a few weeks while you recover from an illness. Or it can be long term. 

Do you have to pay for it?

Help at home from a paid carer costs around £20 an hour, but it varies according to where you live. Sometimes, the council will contribute to the cost.

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