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What is Domiciliary Care?

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Domiciliary care, also widely known as home care, refers to a range of support services provided to individuals who need support and assistance with daily activities but wish to remain in the comfort of their own home. This type of care is generally provided to elderly individuals, people with disabilities, or those recovering from an illness or injury.

Domiciliary care services can include various forms of assistance, such as:

  1. Personal care: Help with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating.

  2. Medication management: Assistance with organising and taking prescribed medications.

  3. Household tasks: Support with housekeeping, cooking, and laundry.

  4. Companionship: Spending time with the person, engaging in conversations and social activities to reduce loneliness.

  5. Transportation: Assisting with getting to medical appointments or running errands.

  6. Respite care: Offering short-term relief to family caregivers, allowing them to take a break.

Domiciliary care is tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual receiving the care. It can be arranged on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on the level of support required. The goal of domiciliary care is to enable individuals to maintain their independence and quality of life while receiving the necessary support to live comfortably at home.


Domiciliary care services are typically provided by care agencies or home care providers. These agencies employ trained and qualified care workers who visit the clients' homes and offer a range of services tailored to the individual's needs. Domiciliary care is an essential part of the social care system, it plays a crucial role in supporting people to age at home and keep their independence while ensuring their well-being and safety.

The UK's domiciliary care sector is regulated and monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which ensures that care providers meet certain standards of quality and safety. Families and individuals can choose from a variety of domiciliary care providers based on their needs and preferences, and government support or funding may be available in certain cases to help with the cost of care. For more information about funding, please visit our funding page.

Carer and elderly lady in wheelchair going for a walk
What is Domiciliary Care?


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