Residental home vs assisted living vs homecare

Residential home vs assisted living vs Homecare

Receiving support at home or in a residential setting; care home or nursing home. What are the options? 

Residential care means living in a Care home or Nursing home; this is usually the last resort as most people want to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Staying at home maintains independence and familiarity.  

What to expect in residential care  

Residential care can be considered when someone finds it to difficult to live at home; this could be due to physical and/or mental health conditions, reduced mobility or the need for 24-hour supervision. Usually rooms are single occupancy (although some homes have shared rooms) with a bathroom. Meals and drinks are prepared and cooked for you. Some residential homes allow residents to go out alone if they are well enough to do so. Help and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

  • Residential care homes provide lower care needs; personal care, companionship, activities and trips out.   
  • Residential nursing 
  • Homes provide specialist medical assistance. 
  • There are also care homes with dementia care; these are designed so that people with Dementia feel more contented and safer.  
  • Dual registered care homes are care homes that can provide nursing care if needed; this may prevent someone needing to move if their needs change. 

What to expect in assisted living (also known as extra care housing) 

Assisted living means move from your own home into an owned or rented self-contained property with your own front door but within a complex. Care is usually available 24 hours a day to help and support with personal care and daily tasks. Some complexes have social activities, hairdressers, shops and gyms. Assisted living complexes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The costs will usually be less that residential care. 

What to expect from homecare 

Homecare means that a carers support you in your own home, this can be anything from once a day through to live in care. Your individual care needs will determine whether home care is a suitable option for you. It can be a good starting point and you can still consider residential care if your needs change.  

Live in care can be a good alternative to residential care as it allows you to stay in your own home, it can reduce stress for other family membersprovide continuity of care (having only 1 or 2 carers. Other advantages includebeing closer to other family member, able to keep pets and can be cost effective for couples.  

Home care providers are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), it is important to research potential care providers to ensure that you have all the information to help you make an informed decision. 

If you are unsure of the best option for you, you can speak to your GP or contact your local Adults Health and Care department for advice. 

How you are going to finance your care also needs to be considered. 

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