Home Care to the Elderly: Useful Information

The home support service is part of a set of responses of social support for elderly people, that have as objectives to promote the social integration and health.

Home Care to the Elderly Useful Information

According to the decree-law 62/99, 12 November 1999, the domiciliary care for the elderly-this is a social response, which consists in the provision of care and services to families or people that are in your own home, in situations such as dependencies, physical or mental, and to which the family will not be able to ensure, temporarily or permanently, the satisfaction of their basic needs or to conduct normal activities of day-to-day.

The domiciliary care allows tracking of the daily tasks of an elderly person, such as personal hygiene, house cleaning, or your power supply, generating a higher quality of life in the comfort of your own home.


The domiciliary services have, essentially, objectives are:


  • Improving the quality of life of individuals and families;
  • Contribute to the reconciliation of work and family life of the household;
  • Contribute to the permanence of the people in my life the usual, avoiding the need to resort to residential structures, such as homes;
  • Promote strategies for developing the autonomy of the elderly;
  • Provide the care and services appropriate to the needs of users;
  • Strengthen the skills and capacities of families and other caregivers.



The home support service must respond to some needs, in particular:


  • Providing care and services every day of the week and ensuring, where necessary, the support on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;
  • To provide some of the care and services, such as hygiene care, and personal comfort, provision and support in meals, respecting the diets that are medically prescribed;
  • Participation in entertainment activities and socialization.


These services can ensure:

  • Training and raising awareness of family and informal carers to the provision of care to the users;
  • Psychosocial support;
  • Cooking food at home;
  • Transport;
  • Care of the image;
  • Carrying out minor modifications or repairs to the dwelling;
  • Performing occupational activities;
  • Nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, rehabilitation;
  • Care night;
  • Pharmacy at home;
  • Gymnastics geriatric.


The home assistance may be provided by the private institutions of social solidarity (IPSS) and entities of the private sector. They all have the objective of support in the various situations of political instability, exclusion or lack of human.


The home support must provide continuous support during 24 hours, every day, and help in the event of an emergency.