Homecare and domiciliary care, what is the difference?

Homecare and domiciliary care, what is the difference?

Sonia Ahmed

Dec, 2022 - 7 mins read
Portrait of senior man in wheelchair using laptop with nurse helping him, both wearing masks, copy space
Portrait of senior man in wheelchair using laptop with nurse helping him, both wearing masks, copy space

There isn’t truly any difference between home care and domiciliary care. They are the same since both involve delivering care to someone in the comfort of their home. This care can be anything from personal assistance to live-in care or complex care for conditions such as dementia. The difference is down to difference in naming.

What Does Domiciliary Care Involve?

Domiciliary care services may involve any assistance needed for you to live with health, safety, and dignity within your home. Care workers may have to perform everyday tasks around the house and/or provide support outside to keep the household running at an acceptable level.

Some of the services under dom care include the following:

  • Personal care
  • Light cooking and other household chores
  • Medication supervision or management
  • Shopping and other errands
  • Support for medical and other appointments
  • Companionship

Some care seekers may only require supervision, while others may need help with chores or personal care. Yet some service users may only need a companion, a familiar face accompanying them to shops or a social gathering, or just sit with them and have a conversation or share a hobby. 

In short, domiciliary care can include anything you need to live a comfortable and healthy life in your own home. The aim is to help you live independently for as long as possible.

Benefits of Domiciliary Care

Many prefer homecare or domiciliary care over moving to care homes since it makes them feel better. Of course, anyone would choose to stay in their home if they can, especially when they’re old or dependent on others for some or most of their chores. Here are some benefits of choosing domiciliary care over moving to a retirement home or assisted living facility.

Ease Of Mind

Uprooting yourself from your home, moving to a new place, and sharing your living space with new people can be highly taxing. Dom care doesn’t need any acclimatisation since it’s the carer who comes to your place, and immersing in your lifestyle is their duty.

Trust And Personalised Care

At your home, the care worker is solely focused on your care. With regular one-on-one care, both the care worker and the service user may begin to understand each other. Gradually, it can build a relationship of trust and camaraderie between you two, which can be crucial for your welfare.

Individualised Care

Every care seeker’s needs are different. Some may need specialized care to recover from a temporary illness, while others may need simple yet long-term support and care. Dom care services are based on the individual’s needs. The service user can get precisely the kind of support they need right at home.

Share The Family’s Responsibilities

The family is often the primary caregiver whether someone needs support due to ageing or illness. However, it’s unrealistic for the family members to remain on hand and free all the time. Despite their best intentions and utmost love, they also have to manage their lives. Having professional care workers come over for assistance at home can reassure your family while ensuring you get the best care possible on time.

Domiciliary Care With Pair my Care

Domiciliary care benefits anyone who wants to stay at home while recuperating or rehabilitating or simply needs assistance to keep living independently.

Pair my Care is where you can choose the care workers based on your needs, from basic everyday chores to medical support for stomas, catheters, PEG feeding tubes, and more.
When you choose your care worker through Pair my Care, you don’t need to worry about the legalities or the paperwork as take care of everything. When you’re ready, our Care Assistants will walk you through everything and provide you with full assistance in any way you require it. Get in touch with us now, and let us help you improve your daily life.

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