Like all major decisions in life, the more information you have and the better informed you are, the better prepared you’ll be in weighing up the options when it comes to care - and dealing with the sometimes complicated and often emotional issues involved.
There are a variety of different care options available to you, ranging from a bit of help at home to full-time nursing. If you have care and support needs and find it difficult to look after yourself, your local authority may be able to advise you and provide you with some help. The best way to get help is to ask for a care and support needs assessment. You can do this by contacting the local authority adult social services department.
We've summarised the main categories below - along with an explanation of what you can expect from living in a care community managed by The Care Home Group.
1. Domiciliary care (care at home)
This is provided by a care worker to help someone with their daily life in their own home. It covers a huge range of needs and levels of help, from someone popping in for half an hour a few times a week to live-in care. It can also be temporary or intermittent, to help people recover from an operation, say, in which case the person receiving the care may reach a point where they no longer need it. This option maintains your independence in your own home, as well as allowing you to keep in contact with your local community. On the downside, care workers are usually with you for only a short period each day (depending on your requirements) so sometimes they may not be there when you need them.
2. Sheltered Housing & Retirement Villages
These are a good option for someone who is relatively mobile and independent and doesn't need round-the-clock care. Sheltered housing is accommodation aimed at the over-60s that has some kind of alarm system for personal safety, often with communal areas for socialising. A retirement village is similar to sheltered housing in terms of how much care you'll receive, but there's more focus on communal facilities and activities.
3. Care homes without nursing care (Residential Homes)
Care homes provide meals and help with washing and dressing with accommodation - so they supply more care than a retirement village or sheltered housing, but with the emphasis on personal care (getting up, getting dressed, moving about) rather than medical expertise.
4. Care homes with nursing care (Nursing Homes)
Many care homes have a registered nurse on the premises at all times. They will also provide help with washing, dressing and meals (personal care), but offer a higher level of medical attention.
5. NHS Continuing Care
This is fully-funded and provided by the NHS as a patient service. It's not means-tested but only the severest cases are eligible, so it's fairly rare. It's normally delivered by nurses, either in a nursing home or sometimes at home.
What care will I receive in a Care Community?
Our care communities are for older people in need of ongoing personal care and bridge the gap between sheltered housing accommodation and residential care homes. They are also ideal for people who require specialist home care but feel isolated and alone in normal housing - or who are seeking an alternative to the institutional feel of a conventional care home.
Our residents can enjoy the independence, privacy and comfort of living in their own 5-star accommodation whilst having access to the same levels of care and support available in a traditional care home setting, 24 hours a day.
Interested? Visit 'Our homes' pages and find out more about our current development.