Home care is essential to children and young people across Wales. But what exactly is home care and why is it so important? We run through what home care involves and give advice on how to find a provider near you. You will also find some insight into what it’s like providing home support for children and young people, along with some links to help you find home care jobs.
What is Home Care?
Home care is also known as domiciliary care. These services provide essential care and support for children and young people who live at home. This support is built around children and young people’s needs and routines to helps them remain in their home in a safe and supported way.
A home carer will provide various services for the children and young people they care for. This should be led by the individual, their needs and those of the family/ carers and what matters to them. This support may include enabling children and young people to engage in activities like getting ready for school or going on outings, build friendships, communicate, play and have a good quality of life. Some health care services can be carried out in the home, where appropriate.
Helping children and young people stay connected with their communities is one of the most important aspects of this service. Home care enables children and young people to keep doing the things that matter most to them while staying connected to their friends and families.
Finding Home Care services
Home care services provide professional, qualified staff to carry out home visits across Wales. These services are suitable for all sorts of children and young people, such as children and young people with severe illnesses, children and young people recovering from surgery, or children and young people with additional needs.
If you’re not sure where to start in your search for the right provider, our database of home care service providers throughout Wales can help. You can filter the results to find services near you and find out more information about them on their websites.
Who regulates Home Care services?
Home care/domiciliary care service providers are regulated in Wales by Care Inspectorate Wales under the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 which came into force on April 2, 2018. For more information, please visit the Care Inspectorate Wales website.
All managers and workers who provide Home Care Services are registered with Social Care Wales. You can apply to register or search the register online at the Social Care Wales website.
Working in Home Care
If you’re ready to search for vacancies with home care service providers near you, the WeCare Wales Jobs portal has the latest openings.
There are several roles within home care services, ranging from home care support workers, to service co-ordinators and managers. The breadth of roles available makes it suitable for those looking to gain experience, as well as people who already have experience and qualifications.
Working in home care services can be challenging. It can also be varied, rewarding and flexible.
Roles within Home Care
Home Care Manager – Children
As a Home Care Manager, you’ll set the operational direction and organise the effective running of the service.
Home Care Deputy Manager – Children
As a Home Care Deputy Manager, you’ll support the Manager of the service to ensure it runs effectively.
Home Care Service Co-Ordinator – Children
As a Home Care Service Co-Ordinator, you’ll co-ordinate the work of a team of Home Care Workers and Home Care Senior Care Workers.
Home Care Senior Worker – Children
As a Home Care Senior Worker, you’ll provide care and support to children and young people within their own homes.
Home Care Support Worker – Children
As a Home Care Support Worker, you’ll provide care and support to children and young people within their own homes.
Job vacancies in care
Wales needs more social care workers.
Many people working in social care have made the jump from jobs such as hospitality or retail. Use your transferable skills and apply for roles in your area now.