With a growing trend in live-in care or home care, many families and individuals are having to make the important choice over what is best for themselves or their loved one – live in care, or residential care. At face value, there is little that separates the two. Both provide around-the-clock care provided by professional caregivers, leaving you to look towards the finer details to reach your conclusion.
Nursing care homes or residential care homes provide round-the-clock support for your loved one. Larger facilities than a private home, residential care homes also will usually be prepared to deal with a range of medical needs, providing fast response medical attention when required. Varying from home to home, residential care homes will usually host special events, entertainment and outings for residents. Sharing a communal care home also means that communal areas are shared, improving socialisation and helping with loneliness.
Advantages of Care Homes
- A team of staff on hand 24/7.
- Meals prepared and served daily.
- A secure and highly monitored living environment
- Opportunities to socialise with a larger amount of people
- No household bills to manage
- No home to maintain and full housekeeping services
The Quality of Care
The quality of care received in a shared residential care home is generally greater than that of live-in care. Although personal relationships can form with carers on a much stronger level with live-in care, nursing care homes are generally able to provide assistance with much more complex conditions if required.
Care home staff are face providing medical assistance, mobility assistance and much more on a daily basis, meaning they are experienced and equipped in catering to your needs before you even arrive. This means that care recipients with much more acute medical problems, such as late-stage Dementia or sever chronic illnesses, receive the increased medical attention they need.
In the UK, those that choose to live in a residential care home or a nursing care home can usually expect to pay less than those that choose to opt for live-in care. Without the added cost of running your own home or purchasing any specialist equipment needed for your care, choosing to live in residential care can be a significantly cheaper option.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing care. As well as the cost and the services provided, the lifestyle differs drastically between the two, and the best solution needs to be decided on for each individual person.