This service is offered to clients who have a permanent carer, but who need additional support during the day to allow the main carer a break, or time to attend to other responsibilities. It can be for any period of time from 30 minutes to a few hours, and usually takes the form of light duties or just companionship. This service is usually available during the hours of 7.30am until 10pm.
There are circumstances in which a client wishes to stay at home as an alternative to hospital or a residential home, but in which they will need a higher level of care for the rest of their lives. Care is managed by a medical professional, for example the District Nurse. In these situations, DACCS offers a support service to individuals allowing them to retain their independence if at all possible, and to preserve their dignity while in their own home environment. Although DACCS carers canâ€™t provide a full nursing service, they can give medication and change dressings under the instructions of the District Nurse, and provide any care recommendations by the medical officer.