What is Domiciliary Care?

Aging is inevitable. And some people are scared of getting old. But who can blame them? Being old has some disadvantages. One is the inability of taking care of your own self. When you get too old, you find that doing simple tasks such as taking a bath, brushing your hair, getting dressed, and eating become difficult to do on your own. You can’t cook for yourself or drive to places you want to go to. When you reach this stage of your life, you will need domiciliary care. But what is domiciliary care?

Domiciliary care

Domiciliary care is another term for home care. It is also referred to as social care. Domiciliary care is a health care service provided at the convenience of the patient’s own home. This can be provided by professional healthcare practitioners or by the patient’s own family and friends. These healthcare workers visit the patient in his or her own home to help and support them with daily tasks of bathing, getting dressed, and preparing meals or snacks.

Who can get domiciliary care?

Most people who get domiciliary care are the elderly, those with age-related impairments. But any adult (18 years old and older) who cannot live alone due to physical, mental, or visual disabilities may acquire domiciliary care.

Home healthcare providers have their own regulations on who can receive domiciliary care. You need to apply for one and they will send someone to assess your case and see what type of help you need. And they will then decide if you can be granted domiciliary care. In some cases, they will advise that you get a nursing home care.

Services provided

Domiciliary care providers generally provide help in daily activities. There are 6 main activities that practitioners provide help and support for. These are called Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and the 6 activities include eating, walking, bathing, getting dressed, transferring, and using the toilet. There are also 6 minor activities that domiciliary care providers help in and these are called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), which includes preparing meals, light housework, shopping for groceries and/or clothes, taking medications, managing money, and using the telephone.

Professional home health care services may also be given. These services may include medical and/or psychological assessment, medication teaching, wound care, disease education and management, pain management, speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

The services offered may vary depending on the country or place where it is to be provided and on the company that provides such services. Charges or fees for such services also vary.

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