domiciliary care providers northern ireland

Domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland help you continue living independently. 

Care at home (also known as in-home care, home care, or domiciliary care) is when a carer will come to your home for a set period of time or even a few times throughout the day (commonly as a ‘visit’). 

The carer will be able to support with any daily living task(s) you may need assistance with, such as cooking and cleaning, or taking medicine. Find out more about the services offered by care at home.

When you’re searching for care at home providers in Northern Ireland, cost may be one of the first things you consider. But in this part of the UK, care at home is often provided free of charge to the recipient.

This guide aims to help you understand how the care at home system works in Northern Ireland, and how it could help you to continue living independently at home.

Local authority funding and benefits for care in your own home

More than 80 providers deliver care at home in Northern Ireland, including the five Health and Social Care Trusts. Some care at home providers operate independently, while others provide statutory services.

The trusts determine whether you must make a financial contribution towards your domiciliary care. 

The good news is that trusts tend not to charge for care at home services in Northern Ireland. Home help is sometimes charged on a means-tested basis. However, no one over the age of 75 is required to pay for home help. 

A standard charge is applied for meals on wheels. The meals on wheels charge is not means-tested.

To find out if you qualify for funding, you should first arrange a health and social care assessment, which reviews the extent of your care needs and explores whether they can be managed at home.

Find out about arranging a health and social care assessment in your area:

Your trust will have a set of criteria it uses in assessing your care needs and deciding whether you qualify for funding.

A trust must provide care if you’ve been assessed as having substantial or critical risk. If you’re considered to have a moderate or low risk, the trust is not legally required to provide care or support but should refer you to voluntary sector organisations for further support. 

A financial needs assessment may be arranged after your health and social care assessment.

How much does care at home cost in Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland the average price of care at home is £13.70 (source: UKHCA Minimum Price for Homecare 2018).

This includes help with:

  • washing and dressing
  • getting in and out of bed
  • taking medication
  • meal preparation

Are you thinking about care?

Care packages can start very small – it can be as simple as coming around and having a cup of tea and a chat, helping with the shopping, or helping to tidy up. Read more about the different care types that are available.

Care Sourcer helps you find all types of social care services, using a searchable online directory of local care agencies

If you need care urgently, our team of care experts are also available by telephone to guide you through the process.

Summary

Do you pay for care at home in Northern Ireland?

Trusts in Northern Ireland tend not to charge for care at home services. Home help is sometimes charged on a means-tested basis. However, no one over the age of 75 is required to pay for home help. 

How much does care at home cost in Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland the average price of care at home is £13.70 (source: UKHCA Minimum Price for Homecare 2018). This works out to £10,000 per year, based on 14 hours of care per week.

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