6 Life-Changing Benefits of Living in a Residential Care Facility

03 August, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read
Moving to a residential care facility can often be a daunting experience, and you may be unsure of what to expect.


Any house move can take its toll emotionally, but moving to a residential care facility requires a change of lifestyle as well as a change of home. There are different types of residential care facilities depending on your needs, too - such as specialising in care for people living with dementia or a disability.


Here, we take a look at the life-changing benefits of living in a residential care facility:
Care and Support
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A Residential Care Facility Offers Care and Support in a Safe Environment

Moving to a residential care facility offers support and flexibility in your loved one’s care. With on-site staff delivering round-the-clock care, your loved one can receive as much or as little support as they need in a safe and secure environment.


The residential care facility will have adapted living arrangements, such as wheelchair access, wet rooms and handrails to ensure your loved one can live comfortably and as independently as possible in their new home.
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They’ll Have Their Own Space

Your loved one will have their own room and bathroom in a residential care facility. This means they can retain their privacy and feel comfortable and relaxed in their own space.


They can decorate their room with their personal items to make it feel more like their own and can choose to spend as much or as little time as they like in there - including during meal times, if they so wish.

Your Loved One Can Enjoy Socialising in Communal Areas

As well as having their own room, your loved one will also have access to communal spaces where they can interact with the other residents, take part in activities, or share meals.


These communal spaces can consist of lounges, art rooms and dining areas, and are usually accessible throughout the day so your loved one can move freely between activities and spend time with different people.
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They’ll Have the Opportunity to Make New Friends

Your loved one will be able to make friends with the other residents and take part in activities with them, as well as sharing mealtimes. Often, as residents are living in close quarters, they may feel more like family and build special, meaningful relationships with their peers, as well as close bonds with their caregivers.


They can also sign up to Adopt a Grandparent, where they’ll be paired up with a member of the community to interact with on a regular basis. Designed to help reduce loneliness, Adopt a Grandparent encourages intergenerational relationships as a way of providing companionship for both the younger and older generations. Relationships can form online, via letters or even in person.


Moving to a Residential Care Facility Can Increase Your Loved One’s Activity Levels

As you get older, it’s important to keep moving and avoid living a sedentary lifestyle. Being in a residential care facility can encourage your loved one to take part in more activities that are often designed to help improve and strengthen their physical and mental capabilities. It can also help them to learn new skills.


Activities can involve baking, painting or gardening, or even going on fun outings. It’s important for your loved one’s mental health to be doing exciting and meaningful activities regularly, and a residential care home can help to facilitate that.
Communal Space
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Living in a Residential Care Facility Can Help Your Loved One Retain a Sense of Independence

Your loved one will have caregivers on-site at all times to offer care and support, but ultimately living in a residential care facility can help your loved one retain a sense of independence.


Residential care homes are built to suit a variety of requirements and needs, so your loved one is free to move around the home themselves and will have the tools needed to live as independently as possible.


Having a carer present can give your loved one the confidence to try and manage their day-to-day self-care and activities for themselves, as they’ll be safe in the knowledge that help is on hand should they need it.


If you would like to know more about our care services, please contact a member of our CHD Living team.


Alternatively, why not read our blog on the different types of residential care?

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