Domiciliary care

1. Domiciliary care, also known as home care, is a type of care provided to individuals in the comfort of their own homes, rather than in a care home or hospital setting. It is unrelated to the accommodation provider. 

2. The term “domiciliary” comes from the Latin word “domicilium” which means “dwelling place” or “residence”. The word “domicile” is also derived from the same root word and refers to a person’s permanent or principal place of residence.

3. Domiciliary care is typically provided by a care worker who visits the individual’s home on a regular basis to provide assistance with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. The care worker may also provide medication reminders, help with mobility, and assist with other activities of daily living.

4. The goal of domiciliary care is to help individuals maintain their independence and continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. It also aims to provide support to family members and carers who may be struggling to provide the necessary care on their own.

5. Domiciliary care is generally funded on a means-tested basis by the local authority and it can be arranged on a short-term or long-term basis depending on the individual’s needs. 

6. In summary, domiciliary care is a type of care provided in the individual’s own home, which aims to support them with their daily living activities and help them maintain their independence. It is a flexible and cost-effective solution for people who need support to live at home, rather than in a care home or hospital setting.

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