Types of Care Available
There are different levels of care accommodation to suit different stages in life and levels of care required. Below, there is a definition and explanation for the types of care home that you may wish to consider. When thinking of the future, a “dual registered” home may be a favourable option for those with assessed “residential” needs.
Dual registered homes provide residential and nursing care. Thus the home will be able to continue to care for the resident in the event that their health or well-being deteriorates to a stage where nursing care is needed. Of course, this is only one consideration among many. We hope this list will help you to find the home that is right for you.
Residential or Nursing Care?
Residential Homes for adults provide full board and personal care to people with disabilities and older people; services include assistance with daily living, such as washing, bathing, dressing, toilet needs and eating.
Nursing Homes provide the same range of services as residential homes but also, they provide care needing the constant involvement of, or supervision by, a qualified nurse, and these homes must be managed by a registered nurse or doctor.
Short term, or respite care, designed to give carers a break, is available in both residential and nursing homes.
All homes have been registered by a government agency.
Choosing a residential or nursing home
Our advice is to always visit the home you are considering moving into. Ask to look around the home, including the bedrooms, bathrooms and other facilities. If you are unable to do this, ask a relative or friend to do it for you. When doing so, it may be useful to go through the following check-list:
• Does the home meet your standards of cleanliness and comfort?
• Does the home smell clean and fresh?
• Ask about staffing levels, both day and night.
• What qualifications do the staff have?
• Do the staff seem friendly?
• Ask other people who stay there what they think of the home and the staff.
• Can you have a choice of a single or shared room?• Are there smoking/non-smoking areas?• Can you drink alcohol if you want to?• Is there a lift/stair-lift?• Are there en-suite toilet or washing facilities in the bedrooms?
• When you get up and go to bed?
• What and when you would like to eat?• What time you see your visitors?
• To go out with your friends?
• To keep a pet or plants?• To keep your own pension/bank books?
• Make sure you will have some privacy if you want it.• Is there somewhere safe for you to keep your valuables?
• Is there a residents’ committee?
•Is there an alarm button in your room?
• Does the home have a complaints procedure?
• Ask what is included in the fees?
• Are there any hidden extras you will be expected to pay for?
• If you want to leave, what period of notice would you have to give?
• What are the arrangements for funerals and payment should you die?• What notice would the home give you?
• What happens if you go into hospital or on holiday?
• How will the cost of the home be met?
• Will you be able to afford it?
Choosing the correct home for you or your relative is a very important process and you should ensure that all your needs and expectations are met before deciding upon making your move to one. Once a move has been agreed a nursing home or residential home can really help an older person who is struggling with certain tasks and could do with the help, many people also find they enjoy the social interaction at the home and the added security they have.
For too long, the only way many people could access the additional care and support they needed as they grew older was to sell the family home and dip into their equity to pay for it – and the main option provided was in a care home setting.
Thankfully, forward thinking providers are looking at how they can tailor their services so that there’s a real choice for people in later life that adapts and responds to the wants and needs of the individual – people no longer have to be shoe-horned into what’s available which in the past has often been a care home.
One example is Westward Care which, due to demand, has continued to expand its Retirement Apartment offer at Southlands.
Westward Care’s Retirement Apartments enable people to retain their assets and instead of having to move into a care home and pay an all-inclusive weekly fee to cover accommodation and services (some of which they may not want or need), they can live completely independently in their apartment, paying only for the services they use. The most important aspect of Westward Care’s option is, that unlike other Retirement Apartments when you buy an Apartment you can benefit from on-site care and support 24/7 giving people reassurance that help is available at any time should they need it.
The advantages of this model are many; people continue to own their own home; they don’t have to pay to rent; and only access services such as community nursing, care, meals, laundry etc when required which substantially reduces the fees they would pay for full time care.
Anna and John decided to make the move from London to Leeds to be closer to their daughter Sue after John suffered a small stroke and then fell on the stairs at home. They opted for Southlands because they wanted to continue to live in their own home, go out and about and generally do their own thing, but with the reassurance that care and support is there if they need it. John says: “I can honestly say I haven’t missed our old house at all. I feel like we’ve left all our worries behind. All of the stresses and strains have gone away and we’re enjoying our life again.”
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