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What Is The Role Of A Domiciliary Care Worker?

Information about the kind of help a domiciliary care worker provides to their clients and how it can help their quality of life.

Have you always wanted a career that makes a direct impact on the lives of those you work with? Have you always wanted to fully apply training and experience that you have within care, but your current position in residential care prevents that from happening? Perhaps it is time for you to apply for a career within the live-in care sector, taking on the role of a domiciliary care worker.

Live-in care is a fast-growing segment of the care industry. It is growing quickly in popularity as residential care is unable to cope with the demand of an increasingly ageing population. 18% of the population is aged over 65 and 2.4% is over 85. Residential care is not enough to cater for the care needed and the NHS currently struggles to place elderly patients in the appropriate residential care, causing bed blocking within wards. On top of that issue, the Live-in Care Hub found in a study that most people (nearly 100%) would prefer not to go into a residential care home if they became unwell or unable to care for themselves.

It isn’t just those who need care who are affected by this residential care home shortage either. Carers are finding themselves increasingly short of time, and unable to provide the level of care that they would like to give to each resident. Some carers have even complained about not having time to even have a conversation, and instead are only able to provide basic care.

Being a domiciliary care worker and providing live-in care or home care services means that you can apply your training and experience to a client who will benefit from one on one care which enables them to remain safe, happy and independent within their own home. You will be essential to their life and they will rely on you to maintain their independence.

Are you interested in a fulfilling career in care? Read on to find out about the role of a domiciliary care worker:

What Does Domiciliary Care Involve?

Domiciliary care is where a trained carer provides care to a client who still lives in their own home. The client will require support with things like personal care, household tasks and other parts of their day to day life in order to maintain their independence.

Who Needs Domiciliary Care?

A large portion of domiciliary care is applied to the elderly, but realistically anybody could require domiciliary care. Mental health issues, physical disabilities and learning disabilities, strokes, cancer and other medical needs can affect anyone of any age.

Does A Domiciliary Carer Have To Live In The Home Of The Client

Domiciliary care can be applied at a set time in the day, where the carer will visit the homes of many clients throughout the day to help with specific tasks. Domiciliary care can also be in the form of in-home care where a carer lives in the home of the client and provides the care services required.

What Does A Domiciliary Care Worker Do?

Often the basic services offered by a domiciliary care worker are help with personal care (washing, getting dressed, maintaining appearance) as well as help with cooking meals and providing nutrition. On top of those services, a care worker may also provide specialist medical assistance (when they have the correct training) such as specialist stroke care. They may also help with house maintenance, garden maintenance, pet care, lifts to different places, and accompaniment to various appointments and social events. Every care package is unique to the client.

Thinking Of Becoming A Domiciliary Care Worker?

If you are interested in becoming a domiciliary care worker the first step is getting in touch with a care agency offering domiciliary services to get some more information. You usually don’t require specific education or experience, and training is usually provided. Look into this fast-growing care sector today, it could be transformative for your career.

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