Your questions answered
What is Homecare?
Homecare refers to any type of care (medical or non-medical) that is provided to the client in their home. However, in recent years the term Homecare has been used mostly to emphasise non-medical care such as personal care services, companionship and light domestic duties. Caremark are experts in homecare
Why should I choose Homecare?
Homecare is delivered in the home. When we are not feeling well, most of us ask to be at home. We enjoy the comfort of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones. When our loved ones are ill, we try to get them home as soon as possible.
• Homecare keeps families together
This is particularly important in times of illness when families desire to be near one another for support. Homecare is a comforting alternative to premature admission to a long-term care facility. Since most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, homecare can provide a level of service that is customised to the client’s needs.
• Homecare is safe and can promote healing
Many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimised when care is provided in the home. There is scientific evidence that many clients heal faster at home. Caremark support this research by caring for people in their homes.
• Homecare is less expensive than other forms of care
If skilled care is not needed around the clock, homecare can allow you to create a customised care plan that meets your needs and your budget.
• Homecare is the preferred form of care
Studies have shown that 95% of those aged 75 and older prefer to stay in their current residence for as long as possible.
Is tax relief available on homecare fees?
Income tax relief is available to our clients or their relatives at their top rate of tax, subject to conditions. This means that you could receive tax relief of up to 40% of the cost of our service. It is also possible to claim this relief as part of your tax credits and so you receive the benefit as part of your weekly or monthly wages and therefore receive the benefit immediately. To make a claim you will need to complete form HK1 ‘Claim for an allowance for employing a carer/personal assistant’.
What training do Caremark Care and Support Workers receive?
All Caremark Care and Support Workers complete initial induction training upon commencement. This comprises of theoretical training and in field training with our experienced field care supervisors. Care and Support Workers are also required to complete mandatory training annually which covers key skills required to ensure that the highest levels of care is delivered at all times. Many of our Care and Support Workers have also completed or are in the process of completing the QQI/FETAC level 5 award in Healthcare Support.
What kind of services can Caremark Care and Support Workers provide?
Caremark Care and support is tailored to meet the needs of our clients, whether you just need support occasionally or 24/7 care. We can assist with personal care, medication needs, shopping and meal preparation, as well as assisting with domestic duties. Additionally, we can support our clients in accessing social activities in their local communities.