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What Are The Different Types Of Care Home?

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If you have made the decision to move into a care home, it is important that you understand exactly what the different types of home offer before deciding which will be your best option. Care homes will all offer accommodation with personal care, but for residents whose needs are greater, specialist homes such as nursing homes can provide additional services. All care homes need to be registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission). This organisation regularly inspects homes and publishes the inspection reports on their website, so you can see whether a home has met the required standards. Care homes may be run by local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations, but they all have to be regulated by the CQC.

Different Types of Care Home

Care Homes

Care homes provide accommodation and personal care. The care provided will depend on the needs of the individual but can include assistance with daily activities such as washing, getting dressed, using the toilet, and taking medication. Staff are usually trained in health and social care. Care homes also offer social activities in the form of outings or trips outside the home as well as a variety of activities and groups within the home.

Care Homes with Nursing

In addition to offering the same services as care homes, nursing homes are required to have the care managed by qualified registered nurses. For people with more complex health conditions who need ongoing interventions from qualified nurses on a regular basis, this is often the best choice of home. Nursing care can be provided 24 hours a day, and many people feel more secure knowing that trained nurses are available if their condition deteriorates suddenly.

Care Homes with Dementia Care

Specialist care homes for people living with dementia have different requirements for staff training, since it is important for carers to have the skills to respond to challenging behaviour. There are frequently higher staff-to-resident ratios in these homes, and they are often designed with the specific needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in mind. This means they are likely to have clear signs to help residents to find their way around and identify their own room or toilets, for example.

Dual-Registered Homes

Both people who need only personal care and those who require nursing care can move into dual-registered homes. This means that residents who need personal care will not have to move into nursing homes if their condition changes and they need nursing care at a later date. It can also be ideal for couples whose care needs are different, because they may be able to stay together rather than having to be separated if one partner has needs nursing care and the other does not.

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