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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

14th April

14th April

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?

In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.

Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.

Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...

What is Residential Care?

Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.

Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.

Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.

Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.

What is Assisted Living?

In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.

Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.

Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

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