What is domiciliary care?
Most people live independently in their own homes. However if you are frail or have long term care needs, this can be difficult without the help and support of other people and services. Help with personal care and other practical household tasks is called Domiciliary Care.
What do we provide?
Personal Care and Support Services
The Trust directly provides a range of personal care and support services to over 3,700 people in their own homes through its Home Care workforce.
In addition the Trust has contracts with a number of independent organisations which also provide personal care to people in their own homes.
If you are in receipt of domiciliary care services all information regarding the tasks that are allocated to the Homecare staff will be recorded and held in your personal file in your home.
The Northern Health and Social Care Trust Homecare Re-ablement Service is a short term service for all new domiciliary care referrals which aims to assist people to regain skills and confidence to live as independently as possible within their own home and community.
If you are unable to purchase, prepare or cook a meal the Trust will assist you in making alternative arrangements and if required a homecare worker can be allocated to assist in the reheating.
How do I access the service?
Access to domiciliary care is based on an assessment of the needs of the individuals and the application of a set of criteria.
The Trust and independent domiciliary care agencies are subject to registration and inspection by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).
If an individual or their carer/relative believes that they need support to remain in their own home they can contact their nearest social services office or can request an assessment through their health and social care worker involved in their care, or through their GP.
Page last updated:08 February 2013