What are the advantages of domiciliary care?

domiciliary carer with client taking a photo

We may not recollect the day when we first learned to walk and explore the entire spectacular world as it reveals itself to us. However, we enjoy wandering into unseen territories like sitting rooms and bathrooms when we are fortunate, the hidden treasures of boxes and cabinets.

We also realised the importance of independence at this time, and we have valued it ever since. Self-reliance is an essential component of life and, for many of us, the only path we are aware of. However, when we near the end of our lives, we face new difficulties, including health challenges, mental issues, and our living arrangements. In fact, carrying out daily tasks in your home—possibly the one you’ve stayed in your entire life— may become uncomfortable and difficult.

Domiciliary care is a well-known and effective option for older adults who desire to stay at home but could benefit from assistance with life’s daily living requirements.

It is known that over a million Britons go through the everyday pressures of job, residence, and kids in addition to offering care for a relative who is ill, disabled, or ageing. It can be hectic to juggle busy jobs and families, on top of making decisions when providing care and support for a loved one.

Parents and adult children may reside thousands of kilometres apart, and the demands and pressures of caring for someone often lead to caregiver exhaustion, which is a state of being physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. However, things don’t have to be this way.

What is Domiciliary care?

Domiciliary care is tailored in-home care offered to senior citizens by a licensed home caregiver. This provides older adults the opportunity to enjoy some measure of independence while living in their homes.  They do not have to relocate to a nursing home because they can access the same advantages in familiar settings. A domiciliary caregiver can assist with activities of daily living such as:

  • Administration of medications
  • Grooming
  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation and nutritional needs
  • Light chores
  • Transportation and running errands, such as grocery shopping and hospital visits
  • Reliable companionship and friendship

Generally, the extent of care will depend on the unique needs of the client. While some people will require an hour of care daily, others will demand round-the-clock care.

Who is domiciliary care for?

At first glance, it is easy to think that “domiciliary care” is exclusively for ageing adults. Still, it can also be excellent for kids, teenagers, and adults who need specialised care. Here are some common signs that someone needs domiciliary care:

  • Need help with household tasks.
  • Assist with getting into or out of bed.
  • Help with activities of daily living like meals, bathing, and laundry.
  • Transport to doctor’s visits.
  • Help with physical therapy.

Older adults and their families can benefit greatly from help in these areas; they will enjoy personal satisfaction and peace of mind knowing adequate and skilled care is being delivered.

Advantages of domiciliary care

The best thing about domiciliary care is being able to stay home and remain involved in your community. However, there are other tremendous advantages.

Lower stress

Moving to a retirement community or assisted living facility can be, and usually is, a very mentally tasking experience. It can be hard for ageing adults to adjust to a new environment of “neighbours” and social settings, particularly because most of them don’t wish to be there in the first place. On the other hand, domiciliary care helps a caregiver to integrate into a senior’s way of life.

Tailored care

Tailored care from a dedicated caregiver is highly important. When a caregiver is focused primarily on your unique needs, it fosters trust. Also, it builds long-lasting friendships that are so valuable in life in later years.

Personalised care

Some people may need half an hour of daily care or assistance with meal preparation. Others need palliative care after recovering from a surgical operation. No matter what, domiciliary care works perfectly to meet the needs of every person, unlike generic services that sometimes do more damage in the long run.

Give the family a break.

Ageing is a hard part of life to start with, and our families often confront similar challenges when they are in charge of caring for us. Even if they cherish us, our kids lead busy lives, and loved ones still desire time for themselves. If a family can’t provide care on a specific day, it can interrupt medication or a clinical visit.

Domiciliary care makes sure assistance and support are available at all times and frees up family members to cater to their own needs.

If you’re thinking about providing your loved one with domiciliary care and want to learn more about what Vivid Care has to offer, click here.