What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

If you or a loved one is living with dementia, you’ll undoubtedly be aware of the impact the condition has on day-to-day life. Everything from meal preparation to attending key appointments can present a challenge, so having access to the right levels of care and support is of the highest importance. Understanding the various options available, meanwhile, can be a challenge itself, with home care, nursing homes, and care homes among those support choices available.

To help you better understand the types of care available, we at Avante Care & Support are delighted to provide details on the differences to be found between care homes and nursing homes – two of the most popular options for those living with dementia.

Care homes

Both residential care homes and nursing homes provide round-the-clock care to those living with dementia. At a care home, there is support available for everyday requirements either on a long or short-term basis. For example, it may be necessary for the individual living with dementia to receive help for personal care or meals; essentially, residential care homes are designed to support those that may otherwise be unable to live independently.

Residential care homes are staffed by experienced and caring professionals that will be able to provide a level of support to meet the needs of anyone living with dementia. In addition, they offer a safe and welcoming environment with communal areas that enable residents to interact with one another.

Rooms and facilities

Nursing homes

On the whole, nursing homes are not dissimilar to care homes. They continue to provide exceptional levels of care and support, with comfortable facilities and communal areas for meeting with others. What’s more, care can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual, with help available for personal care, meal preparation, medicine administration and more.

Where the two differ, however, is in the fact that nursing homes have medical professionals such as registered nurses on-site around the clock. As such, the level of care that is available is higher than that found in a regular care home and will also provide added peace of mind that your loved one will be immediately cared for in the event of a medical emergency. Of course, with the higher level of care comes greater expense, so expect to pay more for choosing a nursing home.

Find out more today

Both nursing homes and care homes represent environments that are safe and comfortable for anyone living with dementia. Understanding the requirements of those with the condition is of the utmost importance, and your care needs will be fully assessed by your local authority. Similarly, finances will also be inspected and will undoubtedly play a role in choosing the perfect care solution for you.

At Avante Care & Support, we provide a selection of care homes across Kent and Bexleyheath, with our experienced professionals able to provide all the support required for those living with dementia. Get in touch today to learn more.

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