Why residential care rather than nursing care?
People enter residential care because they have been assessed or have decided they need support with daily living skills or personal care (this may include being at risk in their home) and they do not meet the criteria for nursing input or qualify for Funded Nursing Care.
Residential care refers to long-term care given to adults or children who stay in a residential setting rather than in their own home or family home. There are various residential care options available, depending on the needs of the individual.
People often choose residential for one of two reasons:
- They have reached a point where they need support with daily living skills including personal care
- Being on their own and often isolated makes them feel vulnerable or contributes to feeling depressed and they seek the company of their peers and staff
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to being in a residential home primarily being supported by staff who are skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate in meeting each person’s holistic needs.
The environment supports caring for people who may need specialist equipment e.g. hoists, hydraulic baths or alarm call systems.
Having the option to socialise with other people, or just have someone around to call on when you need them if you prefer your own company.