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Residential homes might be a good option for people who need regular or frequent help with personal care...
    What type of care home?
A care home can help with personal care (such as supervision, washing, dressing or going to the toilet) or nursing care (medical care from a qualified nurse), or both.
Residential care
A care home without nursing (also known as a residential care home) offers personal care, such as help getting up in the morning, going to bed at night, going to the toilet and eating meals. Residential homes might be a good option for people who need regular or frequent help with personal care, and who can no longer have their needs met at home.
Nursing care
If your relative is unable to leave his or her bed, or has any sort of medical condition or illness that requires frequent medical attention, their options are more limited. Long­term nursing care is not provided in sheltered housing or through care at home services. If your relative needs medical care, they will probably need to look for a care home that provides nursing care.
Care home pros and cons
  Care home pros
• Staff: in a residential care home, someone is on call at night. In a nursing home, care is provided 24 hours a day.
• Own room: they can usually personalise this with their own furniture, pictures and ornaments.
• Regular meals meeting nutritional needs.
• Companionship: residents have the opportunity to socialise with others of their own age and take part in organised activities or outings.
• Supervision of medication.
• Peace of mind: a vulnerable relative is being taken care of and is not living alone.
• No worries about household bills or upkeep.
• The physical environment may be better – safe, warm and clean.
Care home cons
• There may be a limited choice of suitable homes with a vacancy for your relative.
• Unfamiliar surroundings.
• Loneliness and loss of contact with
neighbours and old friends.
• Families can feel guilty that they are not looking after their relative themselves.
• Your relative may feel rejected: it can help if you talk things through beforehand. Regular contact once they’ve moved in will also help.
• Loss of independence, although a good home should encourage your relative to be as independent as they can be.
• Lack of privacy: this might be difficult to adjust to.
• Small living space: your relative won’t be able to take all of their furniture and personal possessions with them.
• Variations in care: quality of care may vary from home to home.
• Care homes can be very costly, particularly if your relative has to fund their own care.
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