The difference between nursing and residential care homes?

Caring for friends and family living with dementia presents a number of challenges that can prove rewarding and fulfilling as well as tiring and upsetting. Dementia is a disease that can gradually erode what makes someone unique, or act rapidly and change the character of an individual in no time at all. As such, facing the challenges of such a life-altering disease is far from simple. But help is always available, with providers such as Avante Care & Support on-hand to provide you with the support, respite and care services needed to make living with dementia as rewarding as can be.

Understanding the options available to you and your loved one will provide the necessary reassurance and comfort to know you’re making the right decisions when it comes to care. One area where this is particularly key is knowing the difference between nursing homes and care homes. Although similarities between the two are extensive, there are unique aspects to each that require noting. We take a look at what differentiates the two.

What are the differences?

In simple terms, the main difference between residential care homes and nursing homes is that a nursing home always has a qualified nurse located on-site to provide medical care. And, while both provide high levels of personal care around the clock, a nursing home has this added capability that sets it apart. As you might expect, this leads to the costs of nursing homes being higher than a residential care home, with the added expense covering the costs of having qualified nurses available 24/7.

It’s important to understand that, while a higher level of care can be expected at a nursing home, residential care homes still provide a safe and caring environment for those living with dementia. Why the difference? Essentially, the two environments are really for those at different stages of the dementia cycle, with nursing homes catering more for those presenting medical challenges that are not found in others.

What to expect from a care home

For residents of a care home, 24-hour care and support is provided by a team of experienced and personable carers, aiding those living with dementia with support for daily tasks. From washing and dressing to eating, such environments are for those that face challenges with day-to-day living, and also provide somewhere to experience communal activities and social interactions which may otherwise be lacking in their lives.

What to expect from a nursing home

Those with more challenging needs – i.e. those of a medical nature and in a more advanced stage of dementia – will often find a nursing home the preferred option. For example, if your loved one struggles significantly with the challenges of daily life and/or requires the frequent administration of treatment, a care home with 24-hour nursing capability is the best place for them. They can continue to benefit from the same communal activities as found in a residential home, but you can also rely on the peace of mind afforded by the medical facilities and expertise found on site.

Identifying the ideal care home for your loved ones takes careful consideration and assessment. We at Avante Care can provide a range of care home and nursing options for those living with dementia. Simply liaise with a member of our team today to discuss your requirements.

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