Personal and Social Care
Housework and meal preparation
At Homecare Comforts, our focus is to assist you to continue to live independently in your own home. Our friendly skilled team of qualified carers will work with you to make sure you’re able to continue doing the things that you like to do; with a little help from us. At Homecare Comforts, we all have a passion for care and are trained to assist you in a person-centred way to meet your needs – as and when you need it – from helping you to prepare dinner to personal tasks, such as bathing and dressing. Our aim is that you do as much as you can yourself.
We specialise in working with clients and their families who require care in their own homes. We offer a unique service of personalised care visits, from check-in visits to full live-in support. We use the Near Field Communication NFC based domiciliary care management software. This enables us to removes hours of weekly and monthly paperwork and allows us to spend more time focusing on the care that we deliver. The system provides real-time updates of the care being provided. This provides a unique private login for families to access daily reports, providing peace of mind and transparency in all that we do.
We currently charge an hourly flat rate of £15 per hour, and £7.50 for 30mins for weekdays and weekends.
Personal and Social Care
Housework and meal preparation
Alzheimer and Dementia care
Prompting with medication
We also provide Hearing Care Services.
At Homecare Comforts we believe we are not just employing people to a job, but by joining the Homecare Comforts family, you are becoming a part of our ‘Pathway to Success’. The moment an employee walks through our doors, we get to work ensuring that they feel comfortable and welcomed. We start with the Care Certificate Interview, and the Care Certificate if you’re new to the sector. We provide ongoing E-learning modules that add to your Continous Professional Development. We feel that our approach means that the care you receive is undertaken by a fully trained member of staff from a company that values its employees supporting them to progress and flourish.
Take the short care challenge quiz (opens up a new page) to see if you could work as a carer or volunteer in a care role, either short term or to identify longer-term job prospects. Perhaps it’s time for a career change and Homecare Comforts could be that change!
This quiz has been designed by Grey Matter Learning. It is to help you to think about some of the things involved in becoming a care worker and these questions will help you to prepare for interviews. Following on from the quiz there is some essential information about working as a carer.
Feel free to share the quiz with your friends and family. Perhaps they could be an amazing carer too. If you feel a role in Social Care is for you after completing the quiz, fill in your contact details by navigating to the Contact Us page, and we will be in touch.
Home care can encompass a broad range of services. Domiciliary care consists of a carer visiting at a specific time each day and carrying out certain tasks, such as assisting with personal care or administering medication.
Visiting care at home enables your loved one to remain in their own home when their care needs increase, however is not suitable for everyone. For example, for people who are at risk of falls, or who need help at night, employ a live-in carer as an option. The knowledge that there is a trained carer providing 24/7 support and companionship provides you with peace of mind. We provide the following:
Unlike in some domiciliary care situations where different carers are sent to provide care to people in their property, live-in care means that the same carer provides 24/7 one-on-one care. In some cases, there will be two live-in carers, but a consistent rota pattern ensures for continuity, which is essential. One of the primary drivers behind an individual’s decision to go into residential care is loneliness, but with a one-on-one carer, the care recipient has the benefit of companionship, as well as having their care needs met. In addition to helping with personal care tasks, such as washing and dressing, a live-in carer can assist with cooking, housework and provide domestic support in all aspects of daily life. If the recipient has a pet, the carer can also help with the care to avoid rehoming.
Independently living in their own home means that the elderly person can remain in an environment they know and receive support in maintaining relationships with friends and in continuing with activities they enjoy. A carer can also provide other duties, such as chauffeuring or accompanying them to church or the clubs they like to attend. This ensures that their routines and way of life continue, despite needing extra care. Private care from a carer who lives with the person can also provide reassurance to family members who might otherwise have worried about their relative being left alone in the home.
If the elderly person is at risk of falling or has dementia and is likely to compromise their safety by leaving the cooker on, for example, they may not be safe at home unless someone is with them. Knowing that there is someone available to help with any problems that might arise can provide peace of mind for the care recipient, as well as their family. Family relationships can sometimes suffer when a family member becomes a full-time carer for an elderly person. Having a live-in carer can reduce the pressure of this responsibility and allow the family relationship to function normally.
For couples who want to stay together, the cost of live-in care can be less than that of residential care. A further advantage is that they can continue to live together in their own home, whereas a couple might have to be separated if they require different levels of care and are forced to go into a care home.
If your local council carries out a care needs assessment and agrees that you're eligible for care and support at home, they will do a means test. This will take into account your income and savings. Unless you’re going into a care home, this won’t take into account the value of your property.
Here’s how the means test for social care will look at your income and savings, and how this will affect what you pay for care.
|Your capital||What you will have to pay|
You have to pay your own fees as a 'self-funder'.
|Between £14,250 and £23,250|
You qualify for financial support from the council and pay a contribution from your income – such as pensions – plus a 'tariff income' based on your capital.
This 'tariff income' is worked out by assuming you have an extra £1 per week in income for every £250 (or part of) you have between £14,250 and £23,250 in capital.
|Less than £14,250|
The council provides financial support and you will still contribute from your income, but you won't have to pay a tariff income.
Certain types of income, such as money from some disability benefits and pensions, may not be counted in the means test. This also applies to certain types of capital. All other income and capital can be taken into account.
If all your eligible income is taken into account in your means test, you must be left with an income of £189.00 per week, if you’re single and above Pension Credit qualifying age. This is known as the Minimum Income Guarantee.
If you’re eligible for financial support to pay for homecare, your local council can arrange homecare services for you. Alternatively, you can choose to receive direct payments and arrange homecare yourself.
Cash payments are paid directly into a bank account specifically set up to receive the personal budget (not your usual savings account). You can choose how to spend this money to meet the needs set down in your agreed care plan, which maximises your choice and independence. It can’t be used to pay for day-to-day costs such as food or utility bills.
You must request direct payments if you want to receive them. The local council then decides whether to agree.
Even though you have control over your direct payments, the local council should still help you arrange and manage your care, and regularly check that your needs are still being met. They should provide appropriate support, information, and advice. They may also ask you to keep all receipts as proof of spending.
You can be creative with how you spend your direct payments, for example:
Direct payments are a good way to be creative and flexible when managing your care but they can involve more work for you to arrange the care.