What Are The Different Types Of Care Offered In Care Homes?
Deciding that a loved one needs to move into a care home can be a very difficult decision. But before you make this decision, it is first important to understand what exactly the different types of care, homes offer before deciding which will be your best option.
We understand that the process of finding the right care home for your loved one can be very stressful. As we get older our needs can drastically change. Aspects of living independently can become much more difficult. This is why it’s important to consider the different types of care offered at your chosen care home.
At Balcombe, each of our homes offer either some or all of the different care that your loved one might need in later life.
In this article, we explore the different types of care offered by care homes to help you understand what is best for you or your loved one.
Dementia is a progressive illness and those living with it will require specialist care delivered by specially trained staff. As you can imagine, this type of care covers a wide range of needs depending on how far a person’s dementia has progressed.
However, due to the nature of this type of illness, individuals will require a growing level of care as time progresses. Whilst our care homes at Balcombe aren’t registered to provide specialist dementia care, we are able to provide appropriate care for individuals with memory difficulties and mild symptoms of dementia.
A residential care home is a secure and safe place where your loved one can receive 24-hour personal care and support. This type of care allows older individuals to maintain and enjoy maximum independence and peace of mind by knowing someone is always on hand.
There are various residential care options available, depending on the needs of the individual. Professionally trained care assistants can provide varying levels of support to their residents on daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, moving around and light housekeeping.
At Balcombe, our carers work closely with families, friends and doctors to create a tailored plan that ensures all of your or your loved ones health and care needs are met.
This type of care is very similar to residential, but with trained nurses providing the care and support needed. You will want to consider nursing care if your loved one has a medical condition that requires regular attention or complex nursing support. Often residential care homes will offer nursing care as one of their services, but it’s best to always check.
Nursing homes often provide specialist care for specific conditions and events, such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- A stroke
- Post-operative care
There’s normally a choice between long and short-term care options for residents. When starting nursing care, a personalised care plan will be created to highlight a resident’s individual medical and care needs. This can help families and individuals tailor the care to suit their needs.
Palliative care is the care, support and treatment for individuals with a life-limiting illness. Sometimes it is referred to as ‘supportive care’, and can sit within a person’s nursing care plan.
The aim of palliative care is to provide the necessary support and care to help people have a good quality of life in their final few months. It can involve:
- managing physical symptoms
- emotional, spiritual and psychological support
- social care, including support with daily tasks such as washing, dressing or eating
- support for family and friends.
There are lots of different respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a care home so you can go on holiday.
Short-term residential care
Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person continues to receive care in a safe and supportive environment. Some care homes set aside beds for this purpose, but it’s always a good idea to plan in advance.
Sometimes care homes, such as Balcombe, also provide convalescent care to older people who could benefit from a short stay, perhaps after an operation or a fall.