Staying at home

Types of care at home support

There are many areas of support that can provided by home care services. When you contact any organisation you should check exactly what they can offer and whether they can provide it in your home area. Services provided may include:

  • domestic help - includes tasks such as cleaning, washing up, laundry, ironing and window cleaning
  • shopping - includes shopping, going on errands, collecting benefits, pensions or prescriptions
  • personal care - includes help with things like getting up, going to bed, dressing, washing, bathing, personal hygiene, eating and drinking and using the toilet
  • nursing care - is given by qualified nurses, and can include tasks such as changing dressings or giving injections as well as general nursing care
  • transport/drivers - organisations that can provide transport and drivers to take people, for example, to hospital appointments
  • companion/social - includes spending time with someone to help them learn new skills or skills for a particular task
  • live-in-help - can be anything from an emergency to long-term help
  • sitting services - allow carers to have a short break
  • night care - organisations can provide both sleeping or waking night care
  • gardening - includes cutting the grass and weeding
  • meals - includes preparation of meals, provision of ready-cooked meals, and advice about diet.