Home care, or domiciliary care, is support provided in the person's own home to allow them to stay independent for as long as possible. A home carer is paid to carry out this service and so should not be confused with a voluntary carer, such as a family member.
Home care often includes tasks such as:
- Getting dressed
- Help to use the toilet
- Preparing or eating food and drink
- Getting out and about
- Taking part in social activities
Some people may only need home care for a small amount of time, for instance if they are recovering from an illness. However, some people may need it on a longer term basis.