Social Care – What Does It Involve

The UK’s population is ageing, with more people living longer lives than previously. There are now over 15.5 million people aged 60 or over, making up 23% of the UK’s current population. 1.4 million of these older people were found not to be receiving the social/domestic help and support they needed – even before the pandemic – and are therefore likely to be more socially isolated now than ever before.

Around 4 million older people (40%) have a limiting long-term illness or disability, which is estimated to rise to over 5 million older people by 2030. Furthermore, 24% of people aged over 60 stated that they feel lonely often, with 7.7 million older people saying that they are experiencing or have experienced depression. This is made worse when 1 in 7 people in the 65+ population bracket are struggling without the help they depend on to carry out essential everyday tasks.

As a result, it is clear to see how necessary and important social/domestic care is for the future demographics of the UK. The purpose of this blog is to highlight what Social care is, what it involves, and how to apply so that you feel better equipped to get the care that you and your relatives need, if and when you need it.

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What is domiciliary care?

Domiciliary care – often referred to as ‘Social care’ – is the term given to the range of services available to support an individual at home, helping them to maintain independence and achieve a better quality of life.

Domiciliary care differs slightly from live-in care. Live-in care is usually a form of continuous support.  Alternatively, social care is a type of care particularly suited for those who prefer support at set regular times each week. This could be as little as weekly supporting visits through to several visits a day to help with personal care, medication support, or preparing meals.

What Does Domiciliary / Social Care Involve?

Helping you start the day:

We’ll assist you with personal care, getting up, washed, and dressed, and preparing a breakfast of your choice.

Support with medication:

We’ll remind and assist you with taking medicines, to ensure your medication is managed safely.



We’ll assist you at mealtimes and prepare meals of your choice with you or for you.


We can either shop with you or help you to make a shopping list before going to the shops for you and putting it all away if required.


Social outings:

We’re here to support you with social activities (when our available capacity allows), whether it’s going out for a walk, attending a day centre, visiting friends or family, or going to your church or club.


Helping you end the day:

We’ll assist you with personal care, medication, getting undressed, preparing clean clothes for the next day, changing bedding, helping you into bed or just ready for bed.

How to qualify?

Help at home from a paid carer typically costs around £20 an hour but varies according to where you live. Homecare is very flexible. You may need support for only an hour a week, or several hours a day, every day. You may be required to pay for it yourself or have it provided for you by the council if you are eligible.

Either you or your local council is required to arrange social care support if you require it. If you feel it necessary you can apply for a assessment to determine the level of care you need, and who needs to pay for it.

Social Care with Mayfair Care Agency

The ageing population in the UK continues to grow, with a concerning minority getting the appropriate level of care and support that they need. If you’re currently considering personal home care for you or someone you love, why not read our blog on ‘everything you need to know’?

If you would like to know more about the services we provide, and how we may be able to best support you and your relative’s needs, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you and would be more than happy to help out in any way we can.

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