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There are many benefits to receiving care services in your own home. 
The most important aspect of homecare services is that you get to remain in your own home. 
 
You are able to continue to live as you used to, surrounded by their own comforts and familiarity. This is especially important with conditions affecting memory loss like dementia. 
 
For many, accepting care or support at home will not be an easy decision. 
 
We are familiar with the saying, ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ evoking feelings of familiar surroundings, a place full of memory, individuality, routines and somewhere we can be ourselves with privacy and comfort. Having care at home doesn’t mean you have to lose independence or alter your daily routine. In fact home care is fundamentally about encouraging clients to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. It is your home and your life and carers will respect that. 
 
With homecare services your can choose as little or as much support as you require. 
 
As you get more comfortable receiving assistance or if needs change additional services can be easily added in the future. These may include things like such as extra support with personal care, housekeeping tasks or specialist care services required for those affected by dementia, or other long-term health conditions. 
 
Remember, you will be able to determine when you get up, eat, socialise and sleep as usual. Home Care assistants will provide assistance with personal care where required and will also assist with trips out if you have an active social life. Support can be provided from as little as an hour or two a week, or it could be more intensive with around the clock care. In any case each care package will be tailored to your needs. 
 
It can be an anxious time families when it comes to needing help for a relative at home. Often the first support and care provided comes from a husband, wife or children. Many times those family members want to remain the main carer of a loved one, yet have homecare services to support or share the responsibility of care with them. Support Workers can take on as much care of your loved one as wished; only stepping in to provide support when you want them to. 
 
Finding a care agency in your area to meet your requirements is the first step. 
 
It is worth noting that Home care is also often referred to as Domiciliary Care. Your local borough council or GP Practice will usually be able to provide you with a list of agencies for you to contact directly. 
 
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