What is Homecare?

Home care, also called domiciliary care, is when care staff travel to the homes of people in need of assistance. This is arranged through the local council or privately.

Home care is ideal for people who want to stay living in their own homes but would like some help with day-to-day living. These people can be older, disabled or managing an illness.

Everycare home care workers are always properly trained and DBS checked in order to maximise a person’s safety. A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is run by the UK Government. It finds out whether the individual has any criminal conviction. The individual will be checked on whether they are banned from working with either vulnerable adults or children. Everycare West Kent requires a new, enhanced DBS check to be taken when hiring, to make sure it is up to date.

There are regulatory bodies in place that monitor and assess home care agencies to make sure that their performance is in line with the law and with good professional practice. The CQC (Care Quality Commission) visits agencies in England and conducts an in-depth assessments. Their reports and ratings can be found online.

Daily care visits typically last for 30 minutes to an hour and can occur several times a day. Alternatively, you can opt to have visits known as ‘sits’ or ‘sitting’. These are longer visits that last several hours at a time. These ‘sits’ allow the care professional to assist with daily tasks, housework, prepare meals and take the person out for day trips, shopping or to local amenities and amusements. They are also trained to administer medication. Those who have ‘sits’ will generally be cared for by a rotation of two to three care professionals who know them and their care plan inside out. This means that a deeper bond of friendship can be built, and carers will find it easier to personalise daily activities.

If you are interested in receiving home care or arranging it for a loved one, pleased call Everycare West Kent 0n 01892 536888