The Difference Between Residential Care And Care Homes

Residential care and care homes are both types of long-term care options. Each type of facility offers different levels of care, from assisted living to 24/7 personal assistance.

In general, a residential care facility is a place where people can live independently but receive assistance with personal needs such as dressing and bathing. A care home is similar to a residential care facility but provides more medical attention for residents who need it.

Both types of facilities offer advantages and disadvantages, depending on your situation and needs. Here’s what you should know about each type:

What Is Residential Care?

Residential care is usually provided in purpose-built buildings or converted houses. The residents live in their own private room or share with one other person. The rooms are often spacious and have en suite facilities. Residents have access to communal areas such as lounges, dining rooms and gardens which are shared with other residents.

The level of personal care that is provided varies significantly from one residential home to another but will generally be more than what you would expect at home, from a caregiver who is a friend or family member. Staff members will help residents get dressed, prepare meals and take them out on trips within local communities if they wish to do so.

Many residents receive medication on a daily basis which is administered by staff members who are trained in this area of care. This can include insulin injections, blood pressure tablets and even oxygen if needed. In addition to their daily medications some residents may also require more complex treatments such as wound dressings or physiotherapy exercises that would not be possible at home without specialist help.

Residential care can take many different forms depending on your individual needs and circumstances, but it typically includes:

  • Personal care services (bathing, dressing, grooming);
  • Assisting with medication management;
  • Helping with transportation needs (shopping, traveling to appointments); and
  • Offering companionship and social interaction

What Is A Care Home?

Care homes are facilities that provide accommodation for people who require full-time care for medical reasons such as dementia or physical disability. Care homes also offer personal care and assistance with daily living tasks such as eating, dressing and using the bathroom. Some care homes offer additional services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy.

Both Care Homes And Residential Care Have Advantages

Both care homes and residential care facilities offer assistance to individuals who need it. Some people need only basic help with personal needs, while other people are in need of a full-time caregiver. No matter which type of care you require, speak with an experienced senior living advisor about the options you have to meet your individual needs. 

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