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Home Care

Personal Care

Personal care is free of charge to all service users and can be defined as helping someone to look after themselves, e.g.:

  • Personal hygiene - bathing, showering, hair washing, shaving, oral hygiene, nail care
  • Personal assistance - assistance with dressing, surgical appliances, prosthetics, mechanical and manual aids
  • Continence management - toileting, catheter care, stoma care, skin care, incontinent laundry, bed changing
  • Simple medical treatment - assistance with medication including ear drops, eye drops, application of creams and lotions, simple dressings, oxygen therapy
  • Food and diet - help with feeding, assisting with special diets and managing home meals service
  • Communication - help to use the phone, reading and writing letters, making appointments etc.
  • Care of children - supervision, dressing for school, walking to school, general care of babies and very young children, feeding, assistance to manage bed wetting etc.
  • Moving and handling - assistance to get in and out of bed, move around, use of hoists and other manual handling equipment

Domestic Care

Domestic care may incur a charge. Charges are means tested which ensures that those on low incomes receive help and support free of charge. To determine what charges may apply to you, please contact the relevant social work office. Domestic care tasks include the following:

  • Snack meal preparation, including breakfast
  • Laundry
  • Bedmaking/changing bed linen
  • Kitchen and bathroom hygiene
  • Setting and lighting a coal fire
  • Bringing in coal
  • Collecting prescriptions, pensions and benefits
  • Assistance with financial affairs and paying bills

For more information please contact your local social work centre - see contact details on this page.