Domiciliary Care is a flexible and cost-effective way to keep you or a loved one safe and independent at home. We all find ourselves requiring additional help at various points in our lives so we make it easy. Domiciliary care is provided by a professional carer in your own home at times to suit your schedule. Visits can range from 30 minutes to full 24-hour live-in care.
When you organise Domiciliary care with PrimeCarers you have a direct relationship with a self-employed carer. This means you can have the same familiar face without fear of them being swapped out for someone else. It’s also great for those that are looking for more choice over the carer, as we give you complete control to chat with as many carers as you like to find the perfect one for you.
If you think domiciliary care might be right for you then search above or call our team on 0203 369 3624.
I found the whole experience amazing - they are so helpful as a company and I found two lovely carers to help look after my father who both went over and beyond what they had to do. I would definitely recommend them.
What is domiciliary care?
Domiciliary Care is when a professional carer comes into your home to provide various types of one-on-one care. These can include:
- Personal and continence care - This category includes showering, toileting, dressing and changing pads if required.
- Medication reminders - Reminding your loved one to take their medication at the correct times of the day.
- General housework - Cooking, cleaning, shopping and all the other tasks that your loved one might be struggling with.
- Companionship care - Making time to have a cup of tea and a chat with your loved one to help ease feelings of loneliness.
- Clinical care - Provisioning specialist support for managing colostomy bags, stomas or ventilators to name a few.
- Moving and Handling - Operating lifts and hoists to help you or your loved one move around the house.
What are the benefits of domiciliary care?
Domiciliary care has a number of benefits over other care formats. The key ones are:
- Familiarity - Care is provided in a familiar home setting which can help those suffering from dementia.
- Independence - You can engage as much or as little care as you need to maximise independence for the individual.
- One-to-one - Care is provided on a one to one basis which can't alway be said for other residential care formats.
- Affordable - Working with private carers in your own home can be much more cost effective than eye watering care home prices.
How often can you receive domiciliary care?
The schedule for visits can range from a 30 minutes visit once a week to 24-hour live-in care. We call these types of care different things but they broadly break down into three categories:
- Day Care / Hourly Care - This is care paid for by the hour that is carried out during the day. Carers will usually visit multiple clients throughout the day.
- Night Care / Hourly Care - Night care is when a carer stays throughout the night. They’ll usually be awake to help with patients requiring round the clock care.
- Live-in Care - With live-in care a carer moves into a spare room in the house, eats meals with the family and will sleep herself while your loved one is asleep. Read our complete live-in care guide.
Making the decision to hire a carer can be a big step for someone who has otherwise lived an independent lifestyle. With PrimeCarers we try and make that step as pain-free as possible with minimum visits of 30 minutes, a 48-hour cancellation policy and no minimum visit quantity requirements. A private carer is the most flexible way to add care into your loved ones routine and maintain as much of their independence as possible.
Who is domiciliary care for?
Domiciliary care is a common next step for families who are experiencing increased pressure to provide care to their loved ones. If your loved one is safe on their own in the house but is requiring additional help to perform certain tasks like cooking meals or taking a shower then a domiciliary carer can be a great first step.
What care you need isn’t static and finding the right amount to suit you can be a challenge. When you invite a carer over to visit you or a loved one they can provide their professional opinion on how much care they think you need and if they can help.
PrimeCarers have been helpful all the way with us finding care for our Mum. The carer we have is fabulous and our Mum loves her.
How much does domiciliary care cost?
Domiciliary care is a term that covers many types of care including hourly care, night care and complete live-in care. Each of these types of care will come with its own costs. At PrimeCarers we let carers on the platform set their own rates. This way carers are rewarded for their skill and years experience fairly. While you can check these prices yourself by performing a search of your local area we’ve found that care prices generally fall into these price brackets:
- Hourly Care (under 6 hours) - £14-18/hr
- Shift Care (6 hours or more) - £12-16/hr
- Live-in Care (24-hour care in your home) - £110-150/day
There are a number of funding methods for domiciliary care ranging from your local council to self-funding. It’s a fairly complex subject so to find out more about funding care you can read our complete guide here.
Why should you hire a private carer with PrimeCarers?
When you hire a private carer you work directly with the carer to organise the care that suits you. This means that you get a number of benefits:
You can decide how much care you need and when you want it instead of being given a pre-defined care package.
When you work with a private carer they’re costs are much lower than an agency. This means that your carer earns more and you pay less.
Your carer won’t be swapped out constantly giving you peace of mind that your loved one knows who’s coming to help them.
When you hire a carer through PrimeCarers you can be sure they’re competent and qualified to work with your loved one. Our vetting process means you can focus on personality not paperwork.
How does domiciliary care work with PrimeCarers?
If you want to start exploring your options with PrimeCarers the first step is to put your postcode or location into the search box at the top of the page and see what carers are available in your local area. You can filter carers by specialist skills, price or distance from you.
After you’ve found a few carers that you think will suit your requirements then you can click the “Contact Carer” button to send them a message. You’ll need to verify your email address but then you can exchange phone numbers and chat as much as you’d like. When you’ve narrowed your choices down by who is available to help at the times that you need you can invite the carers for an interview of up to an hour for free.
In order to invite a carer for an interview, we require that you enter a set of bank card details. This is a way to safeguard carers on the platform so that we have a line of identity back to who booked the visit.
If the interview was a success then you can agree and book your visits straight on the PrimeCarers platform. Your carer will arrive for the booked visits and we’ll collect payment from your card 24 hours later in case there were any problems.
You can call our team on 0203 369 3624 to see if domiciliary care is the right option for you.