The services available differ from care home to care home, some homes will exclusively offer Residential Care, while others offer a range of care options. In this blog we look at the different types of care offered in a care home.
There are two types of care homes in the UK:
Nhs.uk describes a residential home as a place that “provides accommodation and personal care, such as help with washing, dressing, taking medicines, going to the toilet. Some care homes also offer activities, such as day trips.”
Similarly to a residential home, nursing homes provide help with personal care but there will always be one or more qualified nurses on duty to provide nursing care. Nursing homes are designed to offer services for those that need additional medical care and support, for example, people with:
Both types of care homes are fully equipped with specialised equipment and deliver personal, medical and wellbeing care 24-hours a day.
Also referred to as “group living” or "assisted living”, Residential Care refers to the overall care and support offered to those who require a little support with day-to-day tasks but are otherwise independent. Carehome.co.uk describes Residential Homes as a place to “provide residents with a safe place where they are looked after according to their needs, such as help with washing, dressing, toileting, administering medication and mobility. The word 'residential' means that people can treat the setting as their home and live there with access to the number of services available on site.”
Nursing Care encompasses all that residential care offers, as well as meeting high-level medical needs. Nursing care is designed for those who require assistance with physical limitations, mental health disorders and long-term health conditions. Nursing homes and care homes providing nursing care employ registered nurses who provide around-the-clock expert medical care. Qualified District Nurses and Nurse Practitioners coordinate a resident's plan of care, working with medical professionals to provide personalised nursing care.
A care home offering dementia care will offer a safe and warm setting for residents. In addition, it will be staffed with a team of qualified specialists who are fully trained in dementia care. Homes that offer dementia care will have been thoughtfully designed to be considerate of the residents living with dementia, from the way every room has been furnished, down to the activities provided. With the correct care and attention, those living with dementia can carry on living their life to the fullest, continuing with their favourite activities, and socialise with those of a similar age.
Respite Care is a short-term care option, provided to those who need to recover from an illness or injury. It is also suitable for carers who are looking after their loved ones at home and who need a break from their responsibilities. “Respite holidays allow carers and people with illnesses or disabilities, to take a break from everyday life.” - nhs.uk. At a care home, a team of professionals can care for temporary residents until they are ready to return to their normal routines. Respite care can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
The Ashton Care Home proudly specialises in all four care types: Nursing, Residential, Dementia and Respite Care. Our residents’ overall well-being is our top priority and all care provided to our residents is tailored to their specific needs. Prior to a resident’s admission, we will discuss and assess their needs, and design a person-centred care plan which will be monitored and reviewed regularly to ensure a continuum of care.
Our staff goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care here at The Ashton. Our qualified team takes pride in delivering high-quality care that also respects privacy and dignity. Our purpose-built home offers a variety of amenities that enable residents to spend their time doing the things they enjoy; this includes a varied activities programme, private gardens, cinema room and hair salon.
What are the care services available at The Ashton Care Home?
Our home is a place where residents needing differing levels of care can live with ease, with care and support available no matter the time of day or night. If you would like to learn more about our care services and facilities or would like to visit us, you can contact us by email at email@example.com or phone 01455 233350, and a member of the team will be delighted to assist you.