What is Domiciliary Care?

Domiciliary care is a type of visiting home care that provides assistance to people who need extra support to remain independent. A domiciliary carer will visit clients directly at home to provide one-to-one support with daily tasks, personal care, medication, administration and other activities that enable them to continue living with freedom and choice.

Domiciliary care is the ideal option for anyone who may prefer not to move out of their home permanently. It can be short-term or permanent depending on the individual’s needs. We will match you with an experienced and dedicated domiciliary who is skillfully trained and chosen to match your personality and interests.

At Oxford Aunts, we are expanding our established live-in care service to offer flexible domiciliary care services tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each client. From as little as a one hour visit per day to several hours or visits per week, we provide flexible domiciliary care options that empower you to live life to the full.

Who is domiciliary care for?

Domiciliary care is suitable for anyone who requires support with daily living activities but wants to continue living independently in their own home. This could include:

  • Anyone who wishes to remain in the comfort of their own homes but requires some extra support with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation.
  • People recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery who need support to regain their strength and independence.
  • People living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, or dementia who require ongoing care and assistance with medication management and day-to-day tasks.
  • Family caregivers who need respite care and support to prevent burnout and ensure that their loved one receives high-quality care.
  • People who need help with transportation, shopping, and other errands to maintain their independence and quality of life.
  • Anyone who could benefit from emotional support and companionship to prevent isolation and loneliness.
  • People who have recently been discharged from the hospital that need support during their transition back to home life.

Domiciliary care at home includes:

  • Sensitive personal care
  • Expert nurse-led care
  • Palliative care and end-of-life care
  • Condition-led care
  • Safe mobility support both at home and outside
  • Compassionate companionship
  • Socialisation and community engagement
  • Trained carers effectively manage medication
  • Ensuring and supporting a safe discharge back home from hospital
  • Food – planning meals, preparing and cooking food
  • Domestic, household and administrative tasks

Why choose Oxford Aunts?

At Oxford Aunts, we understand that choosing a domiciliary care provider can be a difficult decision. You want to be sure that the care provided is of the highest quality and that the carers are trustworthy and compassionate.

Here are just some of the many reasons our clients choose Oxford Aunts for their domiciliary care service:

  • Experience and expertise: We have over 50 years of experience in providing care to people in the comfort of their own homes. Our carers are highly skilled and trained to provide the highest level of care, ensuring that your needs are met with dignity and respect.
  • A fully-managed service: We provide a fully-managed service taking care of all aspects of your care needs, including hiring, paying and managing your carers. Families can spend more time together without worrying about managing the care arrangement.
  • Tailored care plans: We understand that everyone’s needs are unique, which is why we create tailored care plans that are designed to meet your specific needs and requirements.
  • Flexibility: We provide care from a minimum of a 60-minute visit a day to as many hours or visits as you need throughout the week. We offer flexibility to ensure that you have the care you need when you need it.
  • Regulated Provider: We are a regulated provider, which means that we are regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission to ensure that we meet the highest standards of care and safety. We are delighted that our service has been rated by CQC as a ‘Good’ service in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.
  • Continuity of care: We understand that continuity of care is important, so we strive to ensure that the same carer visits you on each occasion. We know this allows you to build a relationship of trust with them.

Domiciliary care vs Care homes

When deciding on care options, it’s important to understand the differences between domiciliary care and care homes. Domiciliary care allows you to receive support in your own home, maintaining your independence and routine, while care homes provide full-time residential care.

Domiciliary care is often more flexible, with the option to increase or decrease hours as needed. Care homes can be a more comprehensive solution for those who need more intensive care.

Both options have their benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to consider your individual needs and preferences when making a decision.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing to stay in your own home with domiciliary care:

  • Stay in the comfort of your own home whilst receiving the care you need
  • Maintain your independence and personal routines
  • Receive personalised, one-to-one care and attention
  • Reduced risk of infections or illnesses that can spread in communal living spaces
  • Offers more flexibility in terms of scheduling and care arrangements
  • Allows for family and friends to remain involved in your care
  • Can be more cost-effective than care homes, depending on the level of care required

How much does domiciliary care cost?

The number of hours our carers visit you, the frequency of their visits and the level of care you require will determine the overall cost of domiciliary care.

When we conduct our free, no-obligation assessment, we will be able to confirm the cost of domiciliary care at home. We then know exactly what is needed, so that you have an accurate cost to help with planning and financing the care arrangement.

You may be eligible for funding to help cover the costs of care. NHS Continuing Healthcare may be available for individuals with complex medical needs. Social care funding from your local authority may also be available based on a financial assessment.

Our team can help guide you through the funding options and application process to ensure you receive the appropriate financial support for your domiciliary care.

How to arrange domiciliary care

Arranging domiciliary care with Oxford Aunts is a straightforward process. Once you get in touch with us, one of our care managers will arrange a meeting to discuss your needs and preferences.

During the meeting, our expert care assessors will determine your care requirements and provide you with advice and guidance on the types of care we can provide. If you choose to proceed with our services, we will then assign a dedicated carer to you. Each of our carers is carefully selected to match your needs and personality.

Get in touch with us about your domiciliary care needs

Our expert care advisors are here to help you understand the options available to you.


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