Home care services

Home care services

These aim to help those trying 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. Home care services can be provided by:

  • independent agencies
  • voluntary agencies
  • individuals (using direct payments)

The amount of care you receive weekly will depend on your assessed needs (worked out with Bromley Council first) and 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 Criminal Records Bureau and the Vetting and Barring scheme.

Some agencies offer a night sitting or even a live-in service and some are also registered as Nurses’ Agencies, meaning they can provide registered nurses if needed. All home care organisations that provide personal care must register with and be inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), they ensure that quality standards are met by the service and that staff are appropriately trained to do the job.

Useful websites:

Bromley Council:
www.bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk

Community Links Bromley:
www.communitylinksbromley.org.uk

Information for carers:
www.direct.gov.uk/en/CaringForSomeone/index.htm

NHS Direct:
www.nhs.uk