When considering home care (domiciliary care) for your loved ones – such as if they are suffering from dementia, a long-term illness or disability, we understand that it can be an extremely difficult time. Whether your loved one needs daily assistance with general day-to-day tasks, or full-time around the clock care, researching options and care providers will without a doubt be your first point of action.

It is inevitable that you will come across myths and generalisations about home care, which might make you sceptical and worried about what is already a tough decision. As an experienced care provider, we know the ins and outs of the care industry – as well as what makes good and bad care. We have busted the 5 most common home-care myths, to provide you with peace of mind and get your loved one the support which they need.

1. ‘I won’t be able to receive home-care as I am not extremely ill’

Domiciliary care can be for people who need either medical, or non-medical care.  People who are recovering from operations, suffering from a long-term illness or disability may require full-time medical care to help with their rehabilitation and management of their condition.

Although, you do not have to be medically ill to receive home care. You may require assistance with daily activities such as washing, dressing, meal preparation, housework, shopping and budgeting. You may also require extra companionship, and somebody to provide you with the confidence to carry on living independently within your own home. A carer will help to preserve your daily routine, and provide your care at times that suits you – such as in the morning, meal times, and evenings.

2. ‘You get what you pay for’

Most times in life, the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is true. Although, when it comes to care, it is far from the truth. There are set guidelines and regulations which are put in place by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC carry out inspections on providers to ensure that they are compliant with these guidelines and regulations, and staff are trained to the same minimum level.

Companies which charge less do not necessarily provide a lower level of care, and likewise those who charge more will not always provide outstanding care. Some companies charge more for their domiciliary care because they offer more bespoke services, higher levels of training for staff or provide an overall better customer experience. So when weighing up your options and choosing a provider, do not base this solely on the price of care – but the overall package and services which they provide.

3. ‘Home care will take away my independence’

In fact, home care does the complete opposite. Having an extra helping hand and somebody who can offer you with assistance can help to majorly boost your confidence and enhance your independence.

As we get older issues such as loss of appetite, becoming forgetful, losing confidence and finding difficulty in carrying out everyday tasks can become more common. A carer can help you to better deal with such issues, and maintain your independence within your own home. They can help you to plan and prepare meals, assist with household tasks, provide personal care and also help you to socialise and do the things which you enjoy.

4. ‘I won’t have a choice about who comes into my home and when’

The prospect of having somebody that you don’t know coming into your home to provide you with care can be extremely daunting at first. Although, all reputable domiciliary care providers will ensure that you have set time-slots for your visits, and that you will have 2-3 carers visit you per week on average. Within your initial assessment with your care provider, ask questions such as:

  • Can I change my carer(s) if I do not like them?
  • Can I decide what services will be provided within my visits?
  • Can I choose the time and days which my carers will visit me?

By clarifying these points before your care package commences, you can be reassured about the service which you will be receiving. Your carers will work around you to fit your routine, and most companies will make sure that you have the same member of staff visiting you at the same time so that it is consistent for you. Under certain circumstances such as holidays or illness, your provider may have to send you an alternate carer – but any reputable company will make you aware of this well in advance.

5. ‘All home care services are the same’

Home care is a very broad term, and there are different types of services dependent on your needs:

  1. Basic care needs
  2. Low level care needs
  3. Intermediate care needs
  4. High level care needs

Different providers can offer different levels, and types of care. For example, some providers will specialise in live-in care, hourly care or sometimes even both. Within your initial assessment, the domiciliary care provider will look at your needs and agree with you and your family the appropriate level of care which is required. Care services are tailored to meet your exact needs so you needn’t worry that all care services are the same.

If you have any questions or worries regarding arranging domiciliary care for your loved one, you can find more information about our home-care packages here. You can also tweet us: @yourcaringhands, or call us on our freephone number: 0800 138 1836 to speak to a member of our dedicated care team for free, no obligation advice.