Residential care homes and nursing homes: what are the differences?

Growing older can be difficult, especially if your loved one develops a condition or illness. If everyday tasks start to become a struggle, you might want to consider their elderly care and support options.

Many people consider moving into a care home as a last resort. You might feel like you’re suggesting your loved one loses some of their independence. Our care homes are designed to improve residents’ quality of life. They’re able to keep their freedom whilst our team are there to offer a helping hand when they need it.

It’s important to understand the options available so you can find the best care. Residential care homes and nursing homes are both popular types of elderly care, but people commonly mistake the two.

Read our guide to understanding nursing and residential care to help you make the decision about the level of care your loved one needs.

What is a residential care home?

A residential care home is a secure and safe place where your loved one can receive 24-hour personal care and support. There are always trained staff around to look after residents day and night to make sure their personal needs are taken care of.

What is a nursing care home?

Nursing care homes are similar to residential care homes, but with trained nurses on duty. You might want to consider a nursing home if your loved one has a condition that needs regular medical attention.

Choosing the right care home for your loved one’s needs can be an emotional decision. Asking the staff questions about what to expect and any concerns you have will help you to understand what life in the home will be like for your loved one.

Working with the care home team to build a care plan will allow your loved one to carry on with their life as normally as possible.

Our team want to make moving into a care home as easy as they can for your loved one. They’ll be able to give you advice on the things they need to bring, and provide a helping hand when they’re settling in and making friends with other residents.

Find out more about the different types of elderly care we provide.

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