Residential Care Homes

Residential care homes (or simply known as care homes) are residential settings that offer on-site care facilities to the people that live there.  They will offer support with personal care (washing, dressing and keeping healthy) and medication as well as services such as laundry, cleaning and all meals, drinks and snacks.  Some care homes are registered to provide specialised services such as dementia or terminal illnesses.

 

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are care homes that are registered to provide nursing services for people living there who have health care needs that need to be attended to by a nurse who will be on duty 24 hours a day. This is in addition to the usual services provided by a care home.  Nursing homes, now more often referred to as "Care Homes with Nursing" may also be registered to provide specialist services such as demential or terminal illness.

 

Domiciliary Care Agencies

Home Care Agencies supply care staff to come into your own home to provide support with personal care or other aspect of care such as helping to pay bills, shop or access community facilities.

 

Assisted Living Accommodation

This is independent style living, where you rent or buy a flat or house and as part of the deal you are provided with access to on-site care services which may be included or at an additional cost.

Choosing Care

The first thing to keep in mind when choosing care for yourself or for a loved one is that you always have options.  Some options will be more suitable that others, but you will always have a choice.

 

The main options for care are:

 

Moving into a Residential Care Home

 

Moving into a Nursing Home

 

Staying in your own home and have a Domiciliary Care Agency (or Home Care Agency) come and support you in your home and local community

 

Moving into Assisted Living Accommodation.

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Let's explore what these options are...

The pros and cons...

Residential Care Homes & Nursing Homes

Pros:

All services under one roof

Around the clock care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Less worry for relatives as never unattended

Team of care workers and key workers

Cons:

May mean selling home moving away from friends and neighbours

Limited personal space

 

 

Domiciliary Care Agencies

Pros:

Means can stay in own home with all of own things

Cons:

Limited time slots

Large peroids of time without carer present

 

 

Assisted Living Accommodation

Pros:

Independence of own home with benefit of care and assistance close by

Cons:

Choice of care may be limited

Long term property committment

Care Homes:

  • What settling in visits do you offer?

  • What activities are on offer in the home and out in the community?

  • Do you have a minibus that service users have use of?

  • Can service users bring their own furniture?

  • Are pets welcome?

  • Can people visit at any time?

  • What's on the menu?

 

Home Care Agencies:

  • Who will be doing the care visit - the same person most days or different people?

  • What happens if they can't make the visit?

  • How do you supervise staff working on their own in people's homes?

 

All Providers:

  • What is your complaints policy?

  • How many complaints/safeguarding investigations have you had in the last 12 months?

  • How do you safeguard service users from abuse?

  • What is included in the fees?  What's not included?

  • What are your contingency plans in the event of an emergency?

  • How do you monitor the quality of your service?

  • How do you keep families informed and involved?

Some questions to ask...

Who regulates the care sector in the UK?

All care homes and home care agencies (as well as dentists, hospitals and other health services) need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission known as CQC.

 

CQC regularly inspect care services and assess them against staturory criteria and desired outcomes.  You can look up the most recent inspection report from any registered provider here...

 

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