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What type of care do I need?

Residential Care

Residential care is for those that require daily assistance with their activities of living, such as washing, dressing, meals and mobility.  They also offer assistance with basic medication delivery and provide a safe environment which offers companionship from staff and other residents.   Medical and nursing care will continue to be provided by the local GP service and community nurses.  

Nursing Care

Homes that offer nursing care should have a qualified nurse on duty 24 hours a day.  Those requiring a care home with nursing care should have a nursing need, i.e., a medical need that requires a nurse to monitor or manage.   This may be assistance to deliver medication such as injections, or support with complex conditions requiring daily medical care or monitoring.  

Dementia Care

Care homes that specialise in dementia care offer places to individuals whose symptoms have progressed to the point that they require staff with a higher level of training and a specially adapted environment to meet their needs.  Dementia care homes should offer a higher ratio of staff, and an environment which has considered reminiscence, stimulation and activities tailored to individuals with this condition.  Care homes that specialise in dementia care should utilise innovative technology and stimulating therapy to engage their residents in meaningful activities.  

Respite Care

Respite care is usually a short term stay in a care home to provide a break for the person needing care or those caring for the individual.    Most types of care home offer respite or short-term care.  

Domiciliary Care 

Domiciliary care is provided to people in their own homes.  Carers will provide support in the individuals own home with tasks such as personal care, general household, medication management and companionship.   

Day care

Day care or day centres are usually organised by local councils or charities.  They offer a communal place for individuals with low needs, to socialise, partake in a communal meal, enjoy entertainment and in some cases, provide a bathing or shower service.  Often transport is provided as part of the service, which can range from a full day, half day or just a lunchtime visit.  

Palliative and end of life care 

Most types of care home will offer palliative and end of life care.  In a residential home, complex medication delivery and symptom management will be managed by the individuals GP and community nursing team, like if they remained in their own home.  Nursing homes will manage nursing tasks in-house and have a nurse on duty 24-hours a day to monitor and manage symptoms.  

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