Nursing care is a type of care service that is often provided in nursing homes and care homes, helping to make a difference in residents' lives. As well as supporting personal living needs, nursing care provides 24-hour niche medical care. This type of care is ideal for those who require intensive rehabilitative care (following a stroke for example), those who require peg feeding, and those living with long-term health conditions for example.
Nursing care is delivered by Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who have the necessary experience and qualifications such as a nursing degree to take on a variety of medical practices, including administering medication, contributing to a patient's plan of care and collaborating with medical doctors. Nursing Care goes beyond supporting an individual with day-to-day tasks, it is designed to provide medical care for a wide range of needs, in a safe and home-like setting.
Nursing Care has the ability to change an individual's quality of life. From administering medication to assisting with mobility and personal care, this type of care is designed to relieve residents of the stresses and worries that naturally occur when living with health condition(s). Effective nursing care provides residents with the freedom they desire and deserve. Below we explain the top 5 benefits of nursing care in a care home.
5 Benefits of Nursing Care
24/7 Health & Wellbeing Care
When receiving nursing care in a nursing home, residents are cared for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With nurse call points located in every bedroom, a registered nurse or care assistant can be called upon any time they are needed, at the simple touch of a button.
Professional and expert staff are on hand at all times to provide the required care and support. Each resident is assigned a personalised care plan, meaning that the team understand a resident's needs and is equipped to provide comprehensive care; from physical to well-being support.
Nursing Care in a care home allows residents to make the most of the in-house facilities and events that are regularly held around the home. Activities are carefully designed and aim to support physical and mental health, and improve a resident’s well-being and lifestyle.
Professional Staff & Continuum of Care
The Care Continuum is the progression of care given to a resident in line with a change in care needs. This type of care focuses on opening lines of communication between all professional care providers who play a role in a resident’s care plan. This ensures that residents can continue to be cared for despite any changes to their care needs whilst avoiding a change of home. Residing in a care home where professional staff are available to deliver a continuum of care ensures the delivery of high-level, cohesive care. Residents living in this environment are able to settle down and have peace of mind knowing their stay is long-term.
Personalised Care Plans
By working collaboratively with residents, care homes can customise individual nursing care plans which can be altered and adapted as required. Should a resident’s medical condition change while living in a care home, staff are able to respond quickly and efficiently and amend a care plan to reflect the evolving medical and well-being requirements.
Management of Medication
A care home setting offers all residents 24-hour care and is staffed with a range of care and health professionals who are skilled and possess experience in medication management. Care home staff are able to measure medicine dosage, administer it at the correct times and keep a record of the medicine dispensed. Relieving the responsibility of medication management to a professional brings reassurance to both residents and loved ones, and relieves any associated worries.
An Active Lifestyle
Most care homes are fully equipped to offer their residents in-house facilities that provide residents with a multitude of opportunities to enjoy a variety of activities and facilities. All activities will have been designed specifically for the interests and abilities of residents. From board games to crafting and local outings to the community, residents are presented with a variety of ways in which to lead an active lifestyle. All of the lifestyle choices offered to residents are included in the weekly fees making every day life as cost effective as possible.
Nursing Care at The Ashton Care Home
The Ashton is a purpose-built care home that offers first-class nursing care as well as residential care, dementia care and respite care. We go above and beyond to guarantee that every resident lives a happy and comfortable life here at our care home in Leicestershire. We take pride in providing each individual with the highest degree of care and respect whilst providing plenty of opportunities for residents to pursue their hobbies every day.
“I have been a resident here since October 2017. The staff have treated me with compassion, respect and have displayed extremely high levels of care. I get on well with everyone and it is such a great pleasure talking with everybody. I chair residents' meetings, take an active role in the activities and produce a quarterly newsletter. I love keeping busy! We are nearly out of a period of very challenging circumstances and throughout this time all staff have been superb. They have cried with us, laughed with us and supported us in every way possible. I am extremely happy here.”
Residents at The Ashton have access to comprehensive nursing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our dedicated team members have received extensive training in providing the highest level of care to people with physical disabilities, long-term health conditions, high dependence needs as well as providing compassionate palliative care. All of our residents will be assigned a registered nurse who will become a friendly, familiar face to them and will support them and their family members.
When to Consider Nursing Care
The decision to consider full-time nursing care will be as unique as a person’s situation. This decision may be sudden, and in response to an incident such as an unexpected illness, fall or bereavement. Some circumstances however, will be in response to a slow increase in nursing care needs such as a progression in a health condition, and this decision will happen gradually.
We believe that the final decision of when and where to receive nursing care should be based on an individual’s needs after research and professional advice has been undertaken. NHS Funded Nursing Care may be available to individuals following a care needs assessment. We recommend contacting your local council for more information regarding this.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding nursing care or the signs of when to consider nursing care, the team of healthcare professionals at The Ashton is ready and happy to help in any way they can. We welcome you to get in touch with us; call 01455 233 350 or email email@example.com to speak to a member of the team today.