What home-based care is available?

This is an overview of the support that is available in their own homes to people in Torrington and surrounding parishes, following investment in community teams since late 2011.

What can be provided at home – skills/care package

  • Coordination of care at home
  • Urgent response (within 2 hours) if required

Treatments (all supported at home by GP, nurse, therapist and social care staff. and specialist services where required)

  • Prescriptions and medications (with specialist pharmacist support at home if necessary)
  • Wound dressings
  • Stoma care
  • Catheterisation
  • Intravenous medications
  • Post-operative
  • End-of-life/palliative care in partnership with the hospice team which may include overnight nursing at home
  • Oxygen therapy and respiratory care
  • Continence care
  • Dementia care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Falls and balance classes
  • Blood tests

Social/personal care

  • Personal care e.g. help with washing and dressing, can be provided up to 4 – 5 times a day ( for a fixed period) with one or more carers if required and can be arranged on the same day if necessary
  • Overnight care (sleeping or waking) for fixed period if required
  • Support with rehabilitation exercises and practice at home
  • Specialist social care assessment and advice
  • Frozen or hot meals and help in preparing, serving, eating if required
  • Befriending and help with getting out and about
  • Support on discharge from hospital (Red Cross) with shopping and confidence building.


  • Community alarms, telecare e.g. pressure sensors to alert a carer if a person has got out of bed or is approaching an external exit; prompting with medications.
  • Equipment e.g. hoists, hospital beds, walking aids, hand rails, ramps, bathing aids, wheelchairs, specialist seating, adapted kitchen equipment
  • Minor and major adaptations where required e.g. stair lifts, walk in showers

Support for carers/families

  • Health and wellbeing checks for carers
  • Carer’s assessment
  • Devon Carers Link – support for carers
  • Regular newsletter on available service
  • Access to grants/loans for short breaks
  • Regular (3 hours/week) access to sitting services to give carers a break
  • Regular respite
  • Contingency plans for if the carer is unwell or has an emergency
  • Support from the care coordinator

Last updated: October 3, 2017