What is the difference between domiciliary care and residential

When you’ve decided that you, a family member, or a loved one is in need of care, you will be faced with the decision between domiciliary care or residential care. You might be wondering: what is the difference between these options and how do I know which type of care to choose? Luckily, we have the answers.

What is

Domiciliary care, also known as home care, is tailored to your exact requirements. Providing support within the comfort and familiarity of your own home, these care services are completely bespoke. You’ll receive assistance with any tasks that you may find difficult, from dressing in the morning to preparing meals. Being able to stay at home is often enticing to people who need care, allowing them to benefit from an excellent standard of support whilst still maintaining their independence.

What can

Domiciliary care can include any physical or emotional support that you may need. When you contact a private care agency, you will be able to outline your requirements with them, ensuring you are matched with the right care worker for you. Care at home can include support in a variety of areas, such as:

  • Personal care, providing help with hygiene and nutrition
  • Incontinence care
  • Collecting prescriptions and prompting medication intake
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Paying bills and collecting your pension
  • Going with you to social activities and appointments
  • Companionship
  • Complex care, such as PEG feeding
  • Overnight care

domiciliary care for?

Domiciliary care is perfect for individuals who are able to stay in their own homes without being at risk. This includes people who need assistance with daily tasks such as laundry and meal preparation, and people with medical conditions who need care but would be more comfortable in their own home. Domiciliary care can even cover specialist circumstances such as cancer care and end-of-life care.

What is residential care?

Residential care is an ideal option when consistent care and monitoring are required. When you live in a care home, you receive around-the-clock care and enjoy a more communal way of living, rather than remaining in your previous home. This option is often best suited to long-term care and involves the person leaving their home to be able to receive the extra support they require. Residential care is especially helpful when someone is unable to care for themselves and wouldn’t be safe if they lived independently.

What can

As residential care involves moving into a dedicated care home, a wide range of support is available. There are multiple residents in a care home and care can be provided 24/7 if it’s required. Residential care can include:

  • All meals, provided at set times
  • Communal areas where residents can interact
  • Occasional entertainment
  • Personal care and hygiene – washing and dressing
  • Incontinence care

Who is

Residential care can be perfect for those that are no longer able to care for themselves. While residential care doesn’t include nursing care, it can provide consistent monitoring for health conditions. This means, for example, that someone with dementia won’t be at risk of danger if their condition develops. Plus, they will be in a welcoming, communal setting with the support they need.

Which option

At the end of the day, the decision between domiciliary care and residential care is down to you. If you are still able to navigate your home safely and your desire is to stay there, then home care can provide you with exactly what you need. It also allows you to maintain your independence, following your routines and living a life that is your own. Another important consideration is cost. The cost of residential care will add up significantly over time, whereas with domiciliary care you can plan your visits to make the most effective use of your budget.

Working with Verilife, our care workers are experts at providing you with supportive, positive home care. We create personal care plans, ensuring that you get what you need out of our care services. With our care, you’re in control. Contact us at hello@verilife.co.uk or call 020 3141 9290.

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