What is Home Care?
Home Care refers to any type of care – medical or non-medical- which is provided to a client in the comfort of his or her own home such as:
- Personal Care – Assistance with washing, dressing, toileting and incontinence, managing medication, developing rehabilitation and independence, coordination of support and other professionals.
- Everyday support- Cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, laundry, paperwork and other necessary household assistance.
- Convalescent Care – Help to get a loved one back on their feet after some form of treatment.
- Overnight Care – This can be regular or on an ad-hoc basis depending on the individual’s needs.
- Dementia Care – A friendly face in the home can make a real difference to quality of life. Anxiety and frustration is minimised, promoting good health and wellbeing.
- Respite Care – Carers can be provided to provide a period of respite to the main carer.
- End of Life Care – Providing appropriate and compassionate end of life care.
Individual care plans will be designed with our member Client Care Managers.
How does Home Care differ from Home Healthcare?
While Home Care can be used to describe both medical and non-medical care, typically home care refers to non-medical care such as companionship/homemaking services or personal care services. Home health care refers to the provision of skilled nursing care and other care such as speech, physical or occupational therapy.
Nursing homes certainly have their place but there is no place like home. We can be ourselves in our own home, reducing anxiety, frustrations and loneliness.
Funding Home care
There are two ways to fund the cost of home care:
- HSE Funding
- Family/Private contributions that can avail of PAYE Tax Relief at up to 40%.
Is 40% tax relief available for home care fees?
In Ireland, income tax relief is available to our clients or their relatives at their top rate of tax, subject to conditions.
This means that you could receive tax relief of up to 40% of the cost of our service. It is also possible to claim this relief as part of your tax credits and so you receive the benefit as part of your weekly or monthly wages and therefore receive the benefit immediately.
If you are not working or paying tax, you can still receive this cash back from other members of your family up to a total of €75,000 at their marginal tax rate.
To apply for tax relief please review the IT 47 Leaflet entitled, Employed Person Taking Care of an Incapacitated Person, and then complete the HK1 Form. You simply fill out a form called the HK1 ‘Claim for an Allowance for Employing a Carer’. You can read support information and download the HK1 form below:
Home care is less expensive than other forms of care
If skilled care is not needed around the clock, home care can allow you to create a customised care plan that meets your needs and your budget.
HSE hours are provided alongside privately funded Home care.
Why Home care is the preferred choice:
Home care is delivered in the home
When we are not feeling well, most of us ask to be at home to enjoy the comfort of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones. When our loved ones are ill, we try to get them home as soon as possible to enjoy their independence and home comforts.
Home care keeps families together
This is particularly important in times of illness when families desire to be near one another for support. Home care is a comforting alternative to premature admission to a long-term care facility. Since most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, home care can provide a level of service that is customisable to the client’s needs.
Home care promotes healing
There is scientific evidence that many patients heal faster at home.
Home care is safe
Many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimized when care is provided in the home.
Home care allows for the maximum amount of freedom for the individual
Patients at home can remain active in their customary daily routines.
Home care promotes continuity
The patient’s own physician continues to oversee his or her care. Home care is personalised and tailored to the needs of each individual. Patients receive one-on-one care and attention.
Home care is the preferred form of care
Studies have shown that 95% of those aged 75 and older prefer to stay in their current residence for as long as possible.