Researching home care services can be a confusing and stressful experience. So, what exactly is home care?

The most common question we are asked by new customers is “what is home care?”. Home care services usually mean someone visits your loved one to help with their daily routine and check they’re okay. However, there are often many variations offered which allows the care to be specifically tailored to your loved one’s needs.

The main goal is to provide the support necessary to allow someone to continue living safely within their own house. This is typically provided by paid care workers, but your local council may provide funding to help cover the costs.

Finding out if you’re eligible for home care funding

It is always a good idea to find out if your relative is eligible for any home care funding. This information is usually available from your local council’s website, which you can find using the link below:

Click here to find your local authority.

We understand that this may seem like a big step to take, especially if you’ve never dealt with a social worker before. However, it’s important to do because they will help you find the right amount of help for your loved one. 

The social care funding process involves meeting with a social worker and your loved one so they can discuss your needs. They will also be able to calculate whether you’re eligible for any funding. If you are, they will then allocate you a budget to spend on the home care.

Domiciliary care/home visits

An example of Carewatch's domiciliary care service. An elderly customer poses for a photo with his carer.This is probably the most well-known form of home care. A carer will arrive at the customer’s home at regular intervals to assist with everyday tasks. This makes the individual’s daily routine easier to manage and allows someone to check up on them.

This can be great for people that are of advanced age or suffering from an illness, injury or disability. In these situations, home care visits can provide the extra support needed to enjoy living independently at home. 

For the elderly, this can become hugely important for improving their self-esteem. Domiciliary care reduces their reliance on relatives and therefore allows them to maintain a healthy level of independence. 

You can read more about our domiciliary care service here.

Companionship care

An example of Carewatch's companionship care service. An elderly customer is pictured enjoying a day out with her carer.Companionship care is similar to domiciliary, but its focus is on tackling the serious problem of loneliness amongst the elderly. Additionally, it is used for helping people get out of the house and out and about in the community. This can be incredibly useful for more isolated people living alone, or those that struggle with mobility.

Companionship care can take place at home though. We think it’s so vital for your loved one to be able to share moments that matter with another person. This could be over a nice meal or hot drink and an afternoon chat. 

We can also temporarily extend this to a live in service to give your loved one the support and confidence to enjoy a holiday away or perhaps a short weekend break. 

If you know anyone that could benefit from some regular company, be sure to check out our Companionship care page.

Nursing care at home

If a higher level of care is required, then this service can provide in home care from a qualified nurse. This allows an individual to obtain the standard of healthcare they need while remaining in the comfort of their home.

At Carewatch we carefully balance our nursing care to ensure your loved one retains as much independence as possible. We strive to offer a flexible and adaptable service because we know that everyone has different needs. We’re proud to create support plans that work best for the individual, as well as their friends and family. 

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Live in care

An assistant is shown providing care for an elderly customer in her home. They are pictured at a desk, touching hands and smiling.This is generally the highest level of care offered and provides an around the clock home care service. The individual receives a dedicated live in care worker that is available to assist throughout the day and night.

This provides the maximum level of support, allowing your loved one to continue living within their own home and community. 

Typically, this is most suitable for the elderly, people with disabilities, those living with a terminal illness, people with complex care requirements or those needing mental health support. 

You can learn more about our live in care services here

Long-term care

Long-term care is defined by an ongoing care plan that has been scheduled for a long duration. The care provided can range from practical help at home, to more complex and intensive care, depending on a person’s needs.

There are many kinds of long-term care, but typical requirements might include ongoing support for someone with physical or mental health disabilities. 

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Dementia care at home

This is a specialist form of long-term care designed to cater specifically to the condition and to deliver a plan structured around the individual’s needs.

At Carewatch we strive to offer a reliable, compassionate and professional care service that allows those living with dementia to continue living at home safely.

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Home from hospital care

Home from hospital care is used to enable patients leaving hospital following a serious illness or injury to recover comfortably in their own home.

We designed our service to remove the burden of day-to-day activities and allow your loved one to fully focus on the recovery process. This can also reduce the risk of complications occurring. 

Read more about the home from hospital care that we offer here

Respite care

A care assistant is shown outside with her elderly client, who is sitting in a wheelchair. They are positioned between some potted flowers smiling.Respite care can be seen as a temporary step-in care service, usually for a family carer that needs to take a break and some time out.

We know that it can be hard to let go and allow someone else to care for your loved one. Some people may even feel like they are letting them down. However, it is so important that a carer takes some time to relax and unwind. For the sake of their own health and well-being, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking some time out.  

At Carewatch, we have over two decades of experience in delivering the highest standard in home care. We believe you can rely on us to treat your loved ones with the compassion they deserve while you’re away. 

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End of life care

This service is designed to provide the maximum level of support and comfort available to those in their final days. It makes it possible for your loved one to remain at home and in familiar surroundings during this difficult time.

At Carewatch, we’re proud to be able to offer a professional and empathetic end of life care service that helps support people through one of life’s most difficult challenges. 

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We hope this article has given you a clearer idea of the different types of home care services that are available in the UK. If you have any further questions or would like to speak to somebody regarding home care, please call 01908 039 530.