Domiciliary Care and Supported Living Difference

domiciliary caregiver with client at home

What is supported living?

Supported living (also known as supportive living) is a type of service that assists people with special needs to maintain independence while delivering additional mental and physical support to enable them to enjoy a better quality of life in their residence. Supported living has plenty of upsides, from a high level of independence to personalised care.

Generally, those who reside in supportive housing are tenants as they settle down in authorised housing offered by a specialist agency. However, they still cater for their bills, housework tasks and other duties that are associated with owning a residential apartment. Support is offered individually to preserve their independence, and should they have unique goals or needs, they are given help to enable them to actualise or meet them. 

Supported living areas are available throughout the United Kingdom. 

What is the difference between domiciliary care and supported living?

What is domiciliary care?

Domiciliary care is for anyone who wishes for supportive care in their home or place of residence. It provides a high level of independence as well as care and support tailored to their daily schedule or lifestyle. It is seen as an alternative to care homes or nursing facilities. The client has a dedicated caregiver who offers attentive care for a specific time frame, ranging from 60 minutes daily to round-the-clock. There are types of domiciliary care, including dementia care, elder care, end-of-life care and live-in care. The aim of domiciliary care is to afford the client some independence and continuity in terms of their routine schedule. 

Vivid Care is a leading provider of domiciliary care services in various areas of the UK.

How does domiciliary care differ from supported living?

Domiciliary care is ideal for anyone who wishes to receive supportive care in a familiar environment, enjoying the privacy, convenience and comfort of their home. This allows them to enjoy independence, improve the quality of their lives and fulfill their goals.

Both domiciliary care and supported living can be built around your unique needs and preferences, ensuring that you enjoy a more pleasant and comfortable life, carry out enjoyable activities, spend time with loved ones and enjoy fond memories. Domiciliary care home services can be funded by health insurance or local authorities. This means clients may not have to pay for the service directly from their purses. On the other hand, residents in supported living areas are directly responsible for their living expenses, e.g., bills, rent and accommodation costs.

How do I decide between domiciliary care and supported living?

To choose between domiciliary care services and supported living, you have to consider various factors; important among them are the unique needs of the individual and the kind and level of support necessary. Both supported living and domiciliary care can be tailored to offer round-the-clock supportive care. However, for those who require complex care with all-around support and assistance, domiciliary care would be ideal.

You can reach out to your healthcare provider to find out which service is more suitable for you and your loved one. The decision to choose a care service for you or your loved one is usually a challenging one. You are not alone. If you choose to start the process using Vivid Care, we will be available at every stage of the journey, ensuring that you are equipped with adequate resources and knowledge to make an informed decision and partner with your healthcare provider.

How can we help?

At VividCare, we find joy in caring for people who need support due to complex conditions like dementia, dialysis, neurological disorders, brain injuries, post-surgical recovery, stroke, cardiovascular problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), accident injury recovery, Alzheimer’s disease amongst many others. We build our care plan around the special needs of each individual. 

Do you want to learn more, or do you have any enquiries? We are always pleased to hear from you and address any questions you may have. Please contact us immediately, and a representative will reach out to you. 

As a domiciliary care service provider, our services include:

  • Meal preparation and grocery shopping.
  • Supporting our clients to maintain a fulfilling, healthy, pleasant lifestyle and access to medical care. 
  • Ensuring the continuity of recreational and social opportunities. 
  • Medical administration and management.
  • Personal grooming, such as clothing, bathing and housework.
  • And much more.