What does a nursing home do?

Provide support for individuals who are unable to sufficiently care for themselves. The support is through medical assistance and personalised care.

How long does a person live in a nursing home?

Length of stay differs between individuals and often continues until end of life. However, currently, the average length of stay in a nursing home is roughly 2 years.

Who is eligible for nursing home care?

Eligibility is flexible and depends on the person. Generally, criteria includes those who require intense daily care. Additionally, for those who cannot safely look after themselves in their own home.

What’s the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

Both generally provide the same care. However, nursing homes are staffed with registered nurses. As a result, a wider range of care can be offered.  Therefore they are better suited for individuals with long-term illnesses and other medial conditions.

What does a care home do?

Provide a personalised service of care that aims to assist a person’s lifestyle. This can include meal plans, daily activities to encourage hobbies and exercise, and help with morning routines.

How do I choose a care home?

The process of choosing a care home typically differs between individuals. However, families will often prioritise differently based on standard of care, cost, CQC reports, testimonials, and the look of the home itself. Each nursing home will appeal differently to different people. Therefore choosing one is very person-specific.

What makes a good care home?

A good home will be one which respects and acts on residents’ needs and wishes to the highest standards, always to the best of their capabilities. But it should be successful in caring for basic human needs. As well as tailoring this to each specific resident, recognising their individual differences. It should also meet the emotional and mental needs of an individual. Therefore providing appropriate activities to encourage positivity and continued engagement – socially and physically.

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