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What is domiciliary care? Everything You Need to Know

As we get older, it can become increasingly difficult to take care of ourselves or leave the house like we used to. Domiciliary care services allow people to receive medical care and support at home—in the place where they feel most comfortable.

There are a number of different types of domiciliary care available, should you or your loved one need extra assistance or support at home. Below, we’ll outline some of the most common types, and explain how Specsavers home visits can support your eye care needs.

Domiciliary care is professional care and support that’s provided in someone’s own home. It helps people with everyday tasks so they can live as independently as possible.

Domiciliary care services are usually provided by local councils or the NHS, and they’re typically for people over the age of 60 who struggle to leave their homes or take care of themselves. However, this isn’t always the case—some younger people with disabilities or long-term health conditions may also benefit from domiciliary care services.

There are a number of different types of domiciliary care services available, depending on your individual needs. These include:

· Personal care – help with washing, dressing, using the toilet and eating
· domestic tasks – help with cleaning, laundry and shopping
· social activities – help getting out and about, attending appointments and meeting new people
· health-related tasks – help with taking medication, managing chronic conditions and wound care

should you be interested in any of these services for yourself or a loved one, you can get in touch with your local council or GP surgery to find out more. You may also be able to arrange a referral through an assessment from social services.

There are a number of different types of domiciliary care available to suit your individual needs. If you think you or a loved one could benefit from extra support at home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local council or GP surgery to find out more.

Domiciliary care services are for anyone who needs extra support while living at home. While this usually benefits older people, home care can help anybody of any age, including:

  • Elderly and vulnerable people
  • Those who experience physical or mental disabilities
  • People with mobility problems
  • Those recovering from injury, illness, or surgery

If you’re over 60 and have difficulty leaving the house due to ill health or mobility issues, our team of qualified opticians can come to you with our Home Visit service.

We offer a comprehensive eye examination in the comfort of your own home, and can even dispense and fit your new glasses on the spot if needed. We also provide a free repair service for any glasses purchased from Specsavers within the last 12 months.

For more information on our Home Visit service, visit our website or speak to a member of staff in your local store.

 

 

Domiciliary services allow people to receive medical care and support in their own homes instead of attending hospital appointments or visiting GP surgeries. There are many reasons why someone might choose to receive domiciliary care, including old age, disability, chronic illness, mental health problems or terminal illness. For some people, domiciliary care can mean the difference between being able to live independently at home or needing to move into a residential care home.

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Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in-store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.


In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability


What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?


There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. 


Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.


Who qualifies for a free home eye test?


Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevent you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye tests by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. 


See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)


*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment, and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.

In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability

What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?

There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.

Who qualifies for a free home eye test?

Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevents you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye test by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)

*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Who does not qualify for our home visit service?

No matter what condition you have, if you are physically able to leave your home on your own without needing help or assistance of another person, you will not qualify for a free NHS-funded home eye test.

We are also unable to visit patients in hospital.