Moving into a care home can have lots of benefits but making the decision to move out of your home and into care is not one to be taken lightly. There are lots of reasons you might consider that a care home is right for you.
Different types of care homes
Care homes fall into different categories depending on the level of care and nursing care provided. A care home is generally a place that provides residential care for people who need substantial help and support with their personal care. Trained care staff will be on hand 24 hours a day to look after you.
Types of care homes:-
- Residential care homes (personal care)
- Care homes with nursing care (personal care with nursing care)
- Dual-care homes (personal care, or personal care and nursing care)
In addition to 24-hour personal care, care homes will usually provide accommodation and meals plus additional outings and social activities.
When to consider a move to a care home
There are several reasons why you might consider moving into a care home.
- If you need a lot of care, particularly if you need it during the night as well as the day
- If your care and supervision needs cannot be met in your own home
- You might have had some of your home adapted, tried home care, moved in with a family member, or even sheltered housing – but none of these seemed right for you
- You have had a care needs assessment and your care plan recommends it – see our post on What is a Care Plan and how are they created and maintained
There are lots of things to think about – not least what you want and need from your future care and what financial implications you will need to consider too.
The benefits of moving into Residential Care
- The structured routine of a care home and having other people around you can be a great support, particularly if you are starting to become forgetful.
- Trained staff are on hand to help you – they are experts in looking after older people and will soon get to know your personal care needs and requirements.
- The practicalities of living such as having your meals, housework and bills will all be taken care of for you. If you need additional help or specialist equipment, such as a stairlift or grab rails to get about, a care home will have these readily available.
- Caring for a loved one can be very demanding on friends and families – they may not always have the skills to care for you properly either. Choosing a care home would take the pressure off them.
- You will be safe and secure, giving your friends and family peace of mind. They will also be mindful that you have companionship and the opportunity to get to know others and regularly socialise.
Some of the drawbacks of residential care
There are many benefits of moving into care, however there are some drawbacks to consider too:-
- You may feel daunted by the whole experience of making the move, losing your independence, and missing your friends
- If you are moving out of your house and downsizing, you may need to think about some of your furniture and belongings
- Depending on the local area, there may not be a lot of choice for your care. If you wish to take your pet with you, can the care home accommodate both you and your pet?
- The ongoing cost of staying in a care home can be very high, although you may be eligible for funding from your local council. See our post on Financing your care in Weymouth.