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Domiciliary care is care provided to the elderly, people with disabilities or anyone else who needs support to live independently. People often have a domiciliary carer as an alternative to moving into a care home/assisted living facility. The role can be an incredibly rewarding as your overall role is to help a person to keep their independence and increase their quality of life.

What does a home carer do?

A home carer visits people in their own homes to assist them, you may also provide assistance for doctors’ appointments or other outings. Usually domiciliary carers will provide care in shifts, driving or walking to multiple houses within a shift. These home care visits will usually be between 20 minutes to two hours at a time and you may be visiting the same service user periodically through the day. There are also domiciliary carers who work nights to support clients that need round the clock care.

The needs of each service user will be different and you will be required to complete a variety of tasks. A visit may just be to check in on someone and offer some companionship, or you may be required to support a service user with bathing. This type of role can be ideal for someone who likes every day to be different.

What are the requirements to be a home carer?

A job in Home Care sometimes requires a lot of patience and compassion for the people that you are caring for. You may find that there is little to no experience or qualification requirements however the position requires a caring personality and an ability to work well under stress.