Choosing care at home
Homecare is the first choice for people who need help with their personal care to lead independent lives. Many people use a homecare service as an alternative to moving into a care home.
Starting to think about your care needs can be daunting. This section aims to answer some of your questions about homecare and help you with where to find more information.
Why choose homecare?
Homecare, also known as domiciliary care, is a term for support provided in the home by careworkers to assist someone with their daily life.
Enabling people to remain at home helps them maintain personal independence, comfort and contact with their local community. Homecare is flexible, with just the right amount of assistance given at any one time.
You may only require a small amount of support – from half an hour a week, to several hours a day, or even live-in care. The service may be on a temporary, intermittent or long term basis.
How will my well-being be protected?
All homecare workers are required to undergo initial training to make sure they are ready to provide care at home. Many care workers go on to achieve recognised qualifications in care.
In the United Kingdom, homecare workers undergo a criminal record disclosure, previously known as a police check.
All homecare agencies are required to register with their statutory regulator if they provide personal care. They are obliged to meet a high standard of service and undergo regular inspection.