Domiciliary care is defined as the range of services put in place to support an individual in their own home. All treatments that are provided under routine podiatry care can be offered under domiciliary care.
Generally, patients will be eligible for domiciliary treatment in the following situations:
- Where the patient is totally bedridden.
- Where medical conditions or mental health problems confine the patient to the home.
- Where medical conditions result in poor mobility and an increased risk of falling.
- Where the patient would require a two-person ambulance for hospital appointments.
The following patients will also be considered for domiciliary treatment.
- Patients who are unable to get out without assistance and who don’t have any help.
- Patients who are housebound as they are designated full-time carers and are unable to get out.
- Where, in the opinion of the Podiatrist, it may be more practical to see the patient at home (as with the severely frail who are housebound).
- Where the patient’s medical conditions create a risk if they attend clinic.
The following patients will not be considered for domiciliary treatment.
- Patients who can independently leave the house.
- Patients who can perform shopping, leisure or social engagements by themselves or with a chaperone.
- Patients who have a family/friend/carers who can take them out of the house.
- Patients who can attend clinics using modes of transport.
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