“What is the difference between live-in care and domiciliary care?”

Are you or a family member considering the need for care? A frequently asked question is “what is the difference between domiciliary care and live-in care?” The following points will help answer this question.

A Domiciliary care service, is provided locally to a client in their own home, also known as hourly care. The care is often provided for various durations, but generally for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 1 hour and can occur on a daily or weekly basis.

Domiciliary care often helps individuals to maintain independence and to remain in their own home through the provision of companionship, meal preparation, cleaning and general household chores.

An alternative to Domiciliary care is Live-in care for people who have longer-term healthcare needs. Live-in care is a popular alternative to a residential care home because it allows the client to remain in their own home and to receive one on one care, in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Three key benefits of Live-in care include:

  • One to one care can promote better health outcomes
  • Care is responsive and proactive
  • A cost effective solution

In comparison to residential homes, live-in care is also more affordable than people perceive, especially when couples are looked after together. Rather than being charged twice, it’s merely a slight increase in cost.

Most important of all, carers are on hand to help clients enjoy some of their favourite things in life. With no timetables or rigidity in the day to day care, every day can be planned differently, offering a genuine sense of dignity, independence and peace of mind.

There is no surprise that evidence overwhelmingly suggests live-in care provides a far better experience for most people. It avoids the upset caused by moving somewhere unfamiliar and leaving loved ones behind – particularly for people living with dementia.

Imagine instead, eating your favourite meals, snuggling up with a pet, being taken for a day out at a moment’s notice or simply having friends and family drop round any time. In spite of age or even infirmity, life can be as good and relaxing as possible.

Live-in Care at Home
Live-in Care at Home

Depending on your chosen provider and level of care, our live-in care services generally include:

  • Support at nighttime
  • Planning, shopping and cooking balanced meals
  • Light housework
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Mobility and personal safety
  • Dressing, hair and make-up or shaving
  • Support with personal care and continence
  • Managing and prompting medication
  • Personal admin, correspondence and help with day-to-day finances
  • Managing appointments, such as GP or hairdresser
  • Trips out of the house to appointments, shopping or social outings (many carers will act as drivers)
  • Answering the door and phone
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Providing peace of mind for both clients and family members

What type of care provider is ENA Care Group?

ENA Care Group is a full management live-in care provider, we alleviate our clients and their families from making day to day arrangements of care. We hire and train our own carers directly, overseeing all aspects of care, both long-term and day-to-day. This includes continuous risk assessment at intervals throughout the year and client-carer matching, to personalised care plans, staff schedules and administration such as carer pay, tax and so on. With oversight, reviews and 24/7 support, our clients have choice as to how much of a managed care service is preferable. An ideal option for families who have limited time to manage the care.

As a full Full management care provider, we are subject to regulation in England by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent body that inspects and maintains standards within the industry. There are equivalent bodies responsible for service regulation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are: Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and for Northern Ireland: The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). We as a leading live-in care provider in the United Kingdom, are committed to ensuring our care is safe, caring, responsive, effective and well led.