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What is the difference between a Residential and a Nursing Home?

What is the difference between a Residential and a Nursing Home?

What is the difference between a Residential and a Nursing Home?

This post aims to help you understand the different types of care home, why one may be needed and how much they can cost.

Residential homes:-

Provide accommodation and help with personal care, such as washing and dressing, going to the toilet and taking medications. 

Some residential homes also provide activities and nursing care.

Nursing homes:-

As the name suggests, a nursing home provides not only accommodation and personal care, but also provide qualified nursing care for more complex health needs.

Why would my loved one need a care home, and how will I know when the time is right?

Everyone wants to stay at home for as long as they are able to look after themselves, sometimes with regular support from family and local carers.

As we get older and our needs become more complex, or we become more frail, it may not be possible to stay at home. A doctor or other specialist may have recommended the move into residential care, when day to day life becomes too much of a struggle, even with help in the home.

Moving into a care home does not have to be a negative experience for your loved one, in fact, it can be a time when they are now free from the stresses of looking after themselves.

What about cost, and how do we pay for care?

Depending on where you live and your care needs, residential care in the UK currently costs around £600 per week, with nursing homes costing more at an average of £800 per week.

Funding a move into a residential or nursing home means paying for it yourself or with the financial help of family, or asking your local council for a needs assessment. In this case, contact social services before taking any action, such as selling your home.

Finding the right care home 

If you'll be getting help from the council to pay for your residential or nursing care, they will help guide you. You should have choices of where you can go, as long as the council agrees to fund it. 

If you're paying for your own care home, you'll have a lot more choice, depending upon where you live and your financial situation. 

Make sure to do some research before making any decisions. Phone and visit care homes, and get a feel for how staff and residents are. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects, regulates and rates all care establishments in England. They also list care homes and their ratings on their website.

Final thoughts

There is a lot of advice to help you decide your options online, including from the NHS and the CQC. 

The NHS has a very in-depth and informative article with links to websites and telephone advice lines to help you with your decision.

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