What is a home help provider? Sometimes it’s easy to think you know what a particular job or role is by preconceptions or looking at job title and making an assumption. The chances are that most people have an idea of what a home help provider does but probably don’t know the full extent of what the role entails. As a result, it will often be the case that engaging with a home help provider may be overlooked because there can be a general lack of understanding of how it could help in certain situations.
Often also referred to as domiciliary care, the primary objective of someone providing this service is to help someone who needs assistance to continue living at home whilst retaining a level of independence. It’s not about taking over and caring for someone full time but more about assistance and enablement to the care receiver’s situation and limits. Perhaps most importantly, it allows the person to remain in their own home and their own surroundings which can be a crucial part of any care situation. Psychologically this can be a huge benefit to any caring situation as it really assists the mental wellbeing of the care receiver. The level of care will depend on the individual and their respective situation but it can vary from essential tasks such as washing and getting dressed through to assistance with medication, household chores and even running errands.
The key part to all of this is the home element of the service. A person needs to feel comfortable in their own home and the home help provider is basically ensuring that despite their condition or situation, that comfort can be maintained albeit in a slightly adjusted manner. A large part of the home help situation will be the relationship between the carer and the recipient, we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff who perform these roles. It is equally as important that there is a bond between the two parties as the actual care that is being provided which is why we are so particular about the staff that we have.
Another common misconception is that home help is strictly reserved for the elderly and, again, this puts many people off who may need the assistance. He simple fact is that if you are in a situation where you need help and assistance then you should look at bringing in a home help provider. There is no age restriction as far as we are concerned, it is very much a position of the requirements of the individual – a message that we are keen to stress to anyone thinking that home help may be required.
There is also a bigger picture to consider that looks beyond the recipient which is that of the family and friends situation. Bringing in a form of domiciliary care may also alleviate pressures on loved ones coming in to help, particularly if they are unqualified to provide certain services. Even if it is just for a few hours a week, bringing in a specialist who can assist can make a huge difference. This isn’t something to be dismissed because it can be a barrier or bone of contention that family and friends are having to face. We have often seen families and relationships torn apart by a reluctance or an inability to help an individual in the right way which has led to tensions and worse.
Here at Bright Dawn Home Care we are on hand to help you start your journey regarding home help or domiciliary care. We understand and have seen so many situations with families and individuals where lives have been transformed by the introduction of a helper in the home, if you have any questions or would like to explore this as an option for the situation that you are in, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.