Different types of care homes

By David S Walker

There are many different types of care home in the UK, each delivering different types and levels of care. Some offer twenty four hour residential care, whereas some just offer sheltered living. Because of the amount of different types of care homes there are, it makes choosing one a little difficult.

If you need to stay in a care home so you can be attended to by a member of staff if needed, a residential care home may be suitable. Residential care home have members of staff available 24/7 who can offer help with resident's daily tasks and other minor health problems.

Residential care homes are a good idea for those individuals who don't need medical care but still need the help of an assistant for some daily tasks.

In the majority of residential care homes, residents will be able to receive help getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, washing and bathing, eating and shaving and even in some care homes toileting. Residential care homes also offer a range of other services for residents, with some offering counselling services and behaviour management services. However, if a resident needs more specialist care, a nursing home may be needed.

Nursing homes provide round the clock medical care for residents. The usually have registered nurses on the staff roll and their range of highly qualified carers can help with any type of care need. This makes nursing homes suitable for people with complex care needs or continuing care needs.

Nursing homes will usually provide the same type of care as a residential care home but will also provide facilities for the care of more complex medical cases. If you are looking for a care home, you can choose between those which are family run businesses and those which offer stylish accommodation tailored to the bespoke needs of the client.

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