Domiciliary care services for older people in the UK

Domiciliary care, or home care, is a service designed for older people who have a care need but wish to remain living independently in their own home. Due to the rising costs of care in the UK, it is becoming a popular alternative to traditional residential care homes.

What is included in domiciliary care? 

domiciliary care options for older people in the ukWhat's involved in your domiciliary care will differ depending on what service provider you choose. Most providers of domiciliary care for older people will help with things such as: 

  • Dressing
  • Washing
  • Preparing meals 
  • Laundry 
  • Washing up

Aside from helping with these day-to-day personal care tasks, domiciliary carers should also provide:

  • Emotional support
  • Companionship
  • Genuine friendship

Choosing the right domiciliary care service

Getting as much information as possible about your relative's care needs and what different providers can offer is crucial before choosing your domiciliary care service. 

For more advice on this, Which? have put together a handy guide on how to choose the right home care service and what questions to ask your domiciliary care provider before you make your final decision.

The benefits of domiciliary care for older people

  1. The main benefit of a domiciliary care service is that it allows you or your relative to remain living within their own home for longer. You or your relative will be in a familiar surroundings with all of your home comforts, but will benefit from the added support you need. 

  2. If you or your relative are struggling with the day-to-day personal care tasks we all carry out such as washing and going to the toilet, a domiciliary care service will give you that peace of mind that you are not alone and being properly looked after. 

  3. Cost is another of the main benefits of this type of service, with most domiciliary care schemes being a lot cheaper than moving into a residential care home

Domiciliary care services for older people near me

cqc regulated domiciliary care service

At Abbeyfield, our CQC regulated domiciliary care service Care At Home, is currently available in 4 locations across the country. As part of your tailored care plan, we can provide a range of services from support with medication and housekeeping through to offering genuine companionship and friendly conversation.

Find out more about Care At Home