What is Home Help?

Home Help is a type of Home Care service designed for people who may need some extra support at home to live safely and independently. It’s delivered by Home Helpers who can visit you or your loved one to provide support with daily activities around the home.

If you or your loved one are struggling to keep on top of things, Home Help care services enable you to live at home while someone else takes care of these things.

At Alina Homecare, we provide compassionate Home Help services for the elderly throughout the South of England. Our Home Helpers are fully trained and ready to provide extra support for you or your loved one. Our Teams work with you and your loved one to create a personalised care plan that’s completely tailored to meet specific needs. Simply find your local Alina Homecare Team today to learn more.

Whether you want to learn more about Home Help services or want to apply to become a Home Helper yourself, read on to learn more.

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I need Home Help

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What is Home Help?

Home Help, also known as Home Care, refers to a variety of support services provided within someone’s own home to help with daily living activities which they can no longer manage either permanently or temporarily. It’s designed to support people who are elderly, disabled, recovering from surgery or illness or living with a medical condition who would benefit from additional help at home.

Home Help is often tailored to meet exact needs and can include whatever you or your loved one need to live at home as independently as possible. For instance, Home Help can include support with personal hygiene routines, assistance with housekeeping tasks such as laundry and meal preparation or help to manage a condition like dementia.

Some Home Help providers, such as Alina Homecare, also provide Overnight Care and Live-in Care if you or a loved one requires help throughout the night or round the clock support.

The aim of Home Help care services is to enhance the quality of life for older adults by providing necessary support whilst promoting independence and maintaining dignity. It allows people to continue to live in the familiarity of their own homes and maintain their daily routine, enabling them to live life on their terms.

What is a Home Help? What do they do?

A Home Help, also known as a Home Helper, Care Worker or Care Assistant, is a professional who visits people in their homes to provide care and help with various daily activities. Their primary role is to support clients in maintaining independence and quality of life while living in the comfort of their own homes.

Home Helpers provide support in the home with specific agreed services you or your loved one needs to live as independently as possible. Some of the general duties of a Home Help include:

  • Supporting personal hygiene routines, such as help with washing and dressing
  • Completing light housekeeping tasks like vacuuming and laundry
  • Providing companionship and emotional support
  • Going grocery shopping and collecting prescriptions
  • Helping take care of your pet
  • Preparing nutritious meals
  • Providing medication reminders

At Alina Homecare, our fantastic Team of Home Helpers can help you or your loved one to continue to live safely and independently at home. All our Home Helpers receive excellent training via our exclusive Academy to equip them with the skills to provide the highest quality support. Whatever you need, our Care Teams can help.

Who is Home Help care services for?

Home Help care services are designed for people who require extra assistance with daily activities to maintain their independence and quality of life within their home. Often, Home Help care services support people who are:

As we grow older, completing daily tasks around the home and maintaining usual routines becomes more challenging. With Home Help for the elderly, a trained professional provides dedicated support and assistance with daily activities, enabling you or your loved one to live at home as independently as possible.

Home Help is also beneficial for someone living with a condition such as dementia or Parkinson’s. Different conditions can impact someone’s ability to carry out daily activities around the home. For example, some conditions affect mobility and memory. Receiving Home Help means people living with a condition don’t need to worry about certain tasks and can focus on what’s important to them.

If you or a loved one are recovering from a recent surgery, illness or hospital stay, Home Help can make life easier at home. Home Helpers provide support with housekeeping tasks, help maintain personal hygiene routines and provide valuable companionship to aid you or your loved one in your recovery.

Receiving Home Help can also take the form of Respite Care. This offers temporary relief for primary caregivers, who are often family members or good friends. It enables them to have a regular break to recharge and take time for themselves whilst ensuring continuous care for their loved one. This helps to prevent caregiver burnout and maintains the wellbeing of primary caregivers and the people they care for alike.

When should I consider Home Help?

Most of the time, people begin receiving Home Help when completing everyday activities or managing usual routines becomes difficult or unsafe to do independently. As we grow older, many people experience challenges with their mobility and balance which impacts their ability to do daily tasks such as dressing, cooking and other housekeeping tasks.

Without the right support, this could negatively impact quality of life as a result. Some of the main reasons why people choose to receive Home Help include:

  • Struggling with daily routines
  • Family and friends can’t provide adequate support
  • Recovering from a fall or illness
  • Safety is at risk

Deciding to get some help around the home can be emotionally challenging. It can take some time to come to terms with the fact that extra support is needed to continue to live safely at home. Ensuring you’re fully informed and have the right support can be reassuring when deciding which Home Help provider to choose.

Choosing to receive Home Help from Alina Homecare means you’ll have a fully tailored care plan to meet your individual needs. Our dedicated Teams are trained and ready to make life easier for you and your loved one. Find your local Alina Homecare Team today to learn more.

What Home Help is available for the elderly?

Often, you or your loved one will be able to receive whatever support is needed to live independently and safely at home. From help with housekeeping to medication support and managing personal hygiene routines, Home Help can include anything needed to maintain quality of life.

At Alina Homecare, our Home Help care services include:

Personal Home Help

We provide quality Personal Home Help, focused on maintaining dignity and preserving independence. Our Home Helpers will support you or your loved one to maintain personal hygiene routines. From washing to dressing, oral hygiene support or getting ready for bed, we can help.

Domestic Home Help

Our Domestic Home Help makes life easier for you or your loved one around the home. Often, elderly people want to stay at home but are overwhelmed by household tasks. We help out with daily activities such as taking out the bins, changing the sheets and making meals so you don’t have to.

Companionship Home Help

With our companionship Home Help, we can drop in for a chat, have a cup of tea together or go out for the day – whatever you’d like to do in the company of our Home Helpers! They provide invaluable companionship services to support mental wellbeing to prevent feelings of loneliness or isolation.

Respite Home Help

Respite Home Help ensures continuity of high quality care when a primary caregiver has a regular break or in the event of an emergency. Our Home Helpers will step into your usual routines and provide excellent care, so nothing has to change. Respite Home Help can often be arranged quickly depending on your needs.

Live-in Home Help

If you or a loved one need round the clock care, our Live-in Home Help can provide ongoing support when you need it. A Live-in Home Helper will move in with you or your loved one and provide assistance no matter what time of day or night. Enjoy peace of mind knowing someone is ready to help as soon as it’s needed.

Overnight Home Help

Our Overnight Home Help provides assistance throughout the night or in the early hours of the morning. With both our Sleeping Nights and Waking Nights service, an Overnight Carer will visit you or your loved one at night and provide reassurance that help is at hand whenever it’s needed. 

After Hospital Home Help

Transitioning home from a hospital stay can be stressful. Our After Hospital Home Help eases this transition by providing the essential support to recover at home safely and comfortably. From help with managing personal hygiene routines to medication reminders and collecting prescriptions, we make life easier.

Home Help for a condition

If you or your loved one are living with a condition at home, our Home Help provides appropriate and professional support to live safely and comfortably. Our Teams are trained to understand a range of conditions, such as dementia, Parkinson’s and after a stroke. We are ready to provide high quality support focused on promoting independence as much as possible.

Benefits of Home Help

Choosing to receive Home Help is a big decision as you want to make the right choice for you or your loved one. Scroll sideways to learn more about some of the benefits of receiving Home Help:

Independence

Many people want to maintain their independence as they age. Home Help allows people to continue to live in the comfort of their homes safely and as independently as possible. You or your loved one will be in control of your own routines and making decisions about everyday life.

Personalised

Receiving Home Help ensures that care is completely personalised to meet your or your loved one’s exact needs and preferences. At Alina Homecare, all our care plans are completely tailored and constantly updated so they continue to meet your individual needs.

Cost Effective

Compared to a care home, receiving Home Help is often more cost effective. With Home Help, you can choose as much or as little support as you need to suit your budget. We provide excellent quality care delivered by highly trained professionals at competitive prices.

Maintain Routines

From getting ready for the day to eating a balanced meal at mealtimes and having a cup of tea in the afternoon. Home Help provides the necessary assistance to complete much loved routines safely. Our Home Helpers are ready to provide support so nothing needs to change.

Familiarity

Home Help allows you or your loved one to remain in the comfort and familiarity of the home and local community. This reduces the stress and disruption someone may face when moving to a care home. This can be particularly stressful for someone with a condition such as dementia.

Friends & Community

People in care homes can often feel lonely and depressed. In fact, it’s been reported that almost 40% of people in care homes report feeling lonely1. With Home Help, friends and family can visit at any time. This can result in increased feelings of comfort and happiness for you or your loved one.

Why choose Alina Homecare?

We understand that there is a lot of choice; choosing the right Home Care provider to help you or your loved one at home matters. Here are some of the reasons why clients and their families choose Alina Homecare:

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Understanding

Our Teams have many years’ experience. We understand the challenges and we’re ready to help you every step of the way. Our entire service is designed to be simple.

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Excellent Training

Our Teams are carefully selected and receive advanced training through our exclusive Alina Homecare Academy. We do not use an agency or freelance staff to maintain our reputation.

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Quality Care

Our strict performance guidelines, Care Quality Commission ratings and complete transparency via Birdie, our care monitoring app., give added confidence and quality assurance.

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Personalised Care

At Alina Homecare, our personalised care is unique to each client. Home Help is flexible when circumstances change and always delivered with compassion, dignity and respect.

Home Help costs

The cost of Home Help varies depending on different factors. It’s important to understand what help you or your loved one needs to remain safe and independent at home as this will affect the cost.

At Alina Homecare, we pride ourselves on providing excellent quality Home Help at competitive prices. We understand there are lots of things to consider when paying for Home Help. Our compassionate Teams will work with you to create a fully personalised care plan, taking into account your or your loved one’s needs, preferences and budget. All our clients’ care plans are constantly reviewed so they continue to meet their requirements as they change.

Here are some of the factors which affect the cost of Home Help:

Location

The cost of Home Help varies according to where care is needed. Some areas are less expensive than others. Find your local Alina Homecare Team for an accurate indication of the cost of Home Help in your area.

Level of Care

The type of help at home you or your loved one requires also impacts the cost. Services such as Personal Care or Domestic Care may only require short regular visits, whereas Parkinson’s or Dementia Home Care may involve more complex needs that require more attention. Moreover, if continuous support such as Overnight Care or Live-in Care is required, the cost will inevitably be higher.

Frequency of Visits

How often help at home is needed will also impact the cost. For example, if you or your loved one receives an hour of help with housekeeping tasks a week, the cost will be lower than if they need help daily, such as with managing personal hygiene routines.

Duration of Visits

The length of time that Home Help is needed is another factor that affects the cost. This depends on what you or your loved one need help at home with. For instance, support with personal hygiene routines in the morning may take longer than a lunchtime visits for a chat over a cup of tea.

Learn more about the cost of Home Help by completing our cost calculator or by contacting your local Alina Homecare Team. When you get in touch, we can arrange a free no obligation home visit to discuss you or your loved one’s needs in more detail and share our costs.

Home Help reviews

We’re proud to serve our clients throughout the South of England. Read how our Home Help care services have benefited them with these independent reviews on homecare.co.uk:

I want to become a Home Helper

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What is a Home Helper?

A Home Helper, also known as a Care Worker or Care Assistant, is someone who visits people in their homes and provides care so they can continue to live safely and independently. Home Helpers often support people who are elderly, disabled, recovering from an illness or hospital stay or who have a condition by providing both practical assistance and emotional support.

Many elderly or vulnerable people wish to remain at home where they often feel most safe and comfortable. Home helpers play a vital role in making this possible by providing dedicated care and support at home.

The duties of a Home Helper are diverse and no two days are the same. Duties differ from client to client, depending on what they need help with. Ultimately, the role of a Home Helper is focused on providing practical and emotional support, enabling clients to live at home safely and as independently as possible.

Here are some of the common duties of a Home Helper:

  • Personal hygiene – help with washing & dressing
  • Housekeeping – completing daily tasks like laundry & vacuuming
  • Companionship – providing emotional support
  • Food preparation – making nutritious meals
  • Running errands – going grocery shopping & collecting prescriptions
  • Mobility support – help with getting around
  • Medication – providing reminders
  • Pet care – help with feeding & walking if required

Why become a Home Helper?

Many people want a job that has meaning – the role of a Home Helper makes this possible! You’ll have a direct, positive impact not only on the person you’re caring for but their loved ones too.

Here are some of the reasons why people become Home Helpers:

What skills do you need?

If you’re considering becoming a Home Helper, you may be wondering if you have the right skills to excel in the role. Here are some common Home Helper skills you’ll need to fulfil the duties:

  • Friendly and positive attitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Great team player
  • Time management & highly organised
  • Empathy & kindness towards others
  • Excellent communication

To become a Home Helper at Alina Homecare, all you need is the willingness to learn and some of the skills of a Home Helper already, such as good communication. Most of our Home Helper roles require you to travel between client’s homes so you will need a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

When you join us, we’ll provide exclusive training through our Academy helping you be successful in your role and access to great discounts on top brands. We also offer competitive pay and our Teams have access to 24/7 wellbeing support for if it’s needed.

How much can I earn as a Home Helper?

According to Indeed, the average annual salary for a full time Home Helper in the UK is £23,5452.At Alina Homecare, we’re proud that many of our Home Helpers receive more than this.

Your salary depends on different factors including where you live, the hours you choose to work and the type of contract you have with us. To learn more about how much you could earn as a Home Helper at Alina Homecare, we recommend chatting with our friendly Jobs Team.

Not only do we offer competitive pay, but all our Home Helpers also receive many great perks and benefits. This includes access to our rewards programme, 24/7 wellbeing support, paid mileage and more! Apply now to get started.

Do I need experience to be a Home Helper?

You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience to become a Home Helper at Alina Homecare. You just need to pass an enhanced DBS background check, have the right to work in the UK and a positive and caring attitude.

When you start your new role as a Home Helper, you’ll receive advanced training via our exclusive Alina Homecare Training Academy. This includes everything you’ll need to know, from learning about our quality standards to understanding specific health conditions such as dementia.

How can I apply for a Home Helper job?

Applying for one of our Home Helper jobs at Alina Homecare is easy and will only take two minutes! We don’t require a CV or a cover letter to apply, however, providing this can strengthen your application. To learn more, read our guides on creating a fantastic Care Assistant CV and Care Assistant cover letter.

We have many exciting Home Helper roles available across the South of England, so we recommend chatting with our Jobs Team to learn more. They can answer any questions you may have and provide further details about available job opportunities.

If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an interview. To stand out from the crowd, we recommend reading our Care Assistant interview questions and answers guide to help you prepare.

If the role of a Home Helper sounds like a great fit for you, apply today to get started!

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References

1. National Library of Medicine, “Loneliness in Context of the Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents“, Reviewed 02 July 2024

2. Indeed, “Home Helper salary in England“, Reviewed 02 July 2024