Care in your own home
Home care services aim to help those struggling to cope in their own homes with daily activities such as getting in and out of bed, dressing and toileting. They can also help with daily living or domestic tasks like laundry, shopping and some meal preparation. For those with special needs, specially trained staff are available.
If you are frail, have been ill, or have just come out of hospital, the short-term support of a home carer could be welcome. Home care is available for those who are elderly and people of any age with a physical or learning disability, or a mental health issue. The service can also help parents and carers of children with disabilities and provide support to your own carer if you have one.
Home care services can be provided by:
• independent agencies;
• voluntary agencies; and
• individuals (using Personal Budgets).
The amount of funded care you receive weekly will depend on your assessed needs (worked out with Adult Social Care first) and, if provided by an agency, will be delivered by a small team of carers. They must be specially trained in areas such as manual handling, first aid and food hygiene. Carers will also have had background checks with the Disclosure and Barring Scheme.