Q1. Is there more than one type of care home?

A1. Yes. There are three types of care home which are:

  • Nursing home
  • Residential home
  • Specialist home

A nursing home is for people who require complex and intensive nursing care. This level of care is available on a 24 hour basis and is in addition to personal care.

A residential home is for those people who require personal care, such as help with getting dressed or having a bath. It can also help with minor ailments or provide somewhere to recover after a short illness. If you have a chronic medical condition or require a high degree of nursing then a nursing home may be more suitable. A specialist home caters for people with particular medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. They also provide care for young people/adults who are physically disabled.

FAQS Index : A guide to Elderly Care

FAQs Intro

  1. Is there more than one type of care home?
  2. Which type of care home is right for me?
  3. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and requires care; how do I go about arranging this?
  4. How much does a care home cost?
  5. Why are care home fees so expensive?
  6. Will I have to pay for all of my care home fees?
  7. Will I have to sell my house to pay for my nursing home fees?
  8. Can I get help towards the cost of my care?
  1. What is a ‘needs assessment?’
  2. I am not happy with the standard of care at my father’s care home; how do I make a complaint?
  3. Are there alternatives to a care home?
  4. How do I go about arranging help at home for my parents?
  5. I want to stay in my own home but am finding it difficult to manage: can I get any help with this?
  6. What is ‘sheltered accommodation'?
  7. What is ‘assisted living?’

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