How Personal Care Services Maintain Independence

How Personal Care Services Maintain Independence

Nov 19, 2021, 2:59:48 AM Business

Personal home care (also known as domiciliary care) is care services that enable people to live in their own homes while still receiving additional help and support with their daily life. 

These personal care services are usually provided by care professionals or nurses. Home care can include activities such as help with cleaning the house once a week, to more frequent visits several times a day, or help with washing, dressing and other personal care tasks. Domestic care can also include support in maintaining health and well-being. Such as help administering medication, picking up medication and applying any creams or lotions prescribed. 

Receiving personal home care assistance is an increasingly common alternative to staying in a care home or hospital. This is particularly popular for those looking to stay home and retain some of their independence, but also would benefit from some home care assistance. 


What Personal Home Care Services are Available?

Each person is different, and as such there is no one ‘package’. Each person receives a consultation where their needs are established, and a care plan is formulated based on that individual. 

Some services are listed below:

  • Getting out of bed in the morning
  • Washing and dressing
  • Toileting and using continence aids
  • Preparing meals and drinks
  • Eating and drinking
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Giving, or prompting to take, prescribed medication
  • Health-related tasks
  • Shopping
  • Collecting pensions
  • Money managing and paying bills
  • Getting out of the house and socialising 
  • Supervision and companionship
  • Getting settled for the evening and going to bed

Advantages of personal care services 

Personalised care

You or your loved one will receive bespoke care tailored to your individual needs. We don’t believe in a structured package and instead tailor all our care to the specific needs of the individual. Our primary concern is helping you maintain your daily life happily and healthily. 

Family 

Personal home care assistance can help keep the family unit as close as possible. If you are particularly close to a loved one and they rely on you for social support, having them remain at home can be beneficial. Additionally, for the person receiving care, having the additional benefit of family friends being a larger part of the care plan can be fantastic for mental and emotional well-being. 

Familiar surroundings 

Moving into a care home can be a big transition. Therefore, staying home and receiving personal home care assistance can be a huge benefit. You or your loved one staying at home provides an additional layer of support. Whether it’s the memories of being home, having a chat with your neighbours, doing a bit of gardening, or having a tea in your favourite mug. Staying home can be fantastic for mental well-being and maintaining independence and usual routine. 

Independence

The biggest advantage to personal care services is keeping your independence. Staying at home means you can decide when you want to get up, eat, sleep, and socialise. Everything is still in your control entirely. A carer can also be introduced to assist you when going out, to further gain some independence if you struggle to get out and about when alone.

Happiness

Studies show that when people receive personal home care, they have reduced risk of hospital admissions, a reduction in falls and higher levels of happiness. Additionally, recovery time is quicker for those receiving home care services.  

Fitness 

Having some assistance with day-to-day tasks can help encourage people to get up and move around more. This can have huge benefits for mental well-being, as well as physical health. 


A survey carried out for Age UK in 2017 revealed that nearly half of adults (7.7million) aged 55+ said they had experienced depression and around the same number (7.3 million) have suffered with anxiety.

Nearly three-quarters of older people think that having more opportunities to connect with other people would be the best way to help people who are experiencing mental health problems (source: Age UK survey, 2017).


Remaining home and receiving personal home care can be hugely beneficial. The above statistics indicate maintaining a social life and having opportunities to connect with others can greatly improve the overall health and mental well-being for older people. As such, living at home and receiving personal care services can be a great balance between entire independence and additional support for happy and healthy living.

Published by Shahbaz Awan

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