Nursing care homes
If your loved one requires a higher level of support than provided in a residential home, a nursing care home might be the best option. A care home with nursing care is defined as a facility where there is always a qualified nurse on site, 24 hours of the day, seven days a week.
One of the major differences between nursing and residential care homes is the staff numbers. There will be a higher staff to resident ratio is a nursing home to reflect the more frequent support required in UK nursing homes.
Nursing homes will still meet all the residential care needs of your loved one, including, feeding, dressing, toileting, and social interaction. However, it will also include more complex care support. For example, PEG feeding, walking support and palliative care.
WHAT DO THEY OFFER?
Your relative will need a care home with nursing care if, within a 24 hour period, they require:
Medication by injection every 24 hours
The management and help with complex prostheses or walking supports ie unable to weight bear at all.
Nursing care for people confined to a bed.
Intensive rehabilitation following surgery, stroke or complex illness
Physical and pain therapies.
Palliative care for cancer.
WHICH NURSING HOME?
The choice of care home is a very personal one. Some people may have physical health needs which mean they require nursing care home services but do not need mental health or dementia support. They may benefit from a care home which caters for both nursing and non-nursing patients, as this facility is likely to have a wider range of activities than a care home focused on senior nursing care. This type of dual-purpose facility may also be the best choice if a husband and wife both need a care home, with perhaps one requiring nursing care and the other having fewer intensive needs.
Our advisers are available to speak and meet during evenings and weekends and can liaise directly with patients and their family members. We assess and shortlist care options that best meet the patients’ clinical needs and personal preferences. We also advise on fees, government financial thresholds and social services. We carefully compile information from care homes and care providers including for example location, facilities available, capabilities, pricing etc which may be helpful in choosing a provider. We make this information available free of charge on request. When a care home or provider is chosen from this information and a successful placement is then made, we may receive payment from the care home or care provider.
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