What Are the Different Types of Residential Care? [Your Essential Guide]

04 May, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read

Are you looking for residential care for your loved one?


With so many different care options available, it’s difficult to know which one would best suit your loved one’s needs.


In this article, we look at the different types of residential care to help you make an informed decision:


Specialist Care Homes

Does your loved one have a specific health need? Specialist care is available for a wide range of conditions, such as dementia or Parkinson’s.


In many specialist care homes, staff members are trained to understand and help people with specific healthcare needs, sharing a mutual goal of enabling their residents to live fulfilling lives.


Working alongside family members, they offer tailored care plans designed to promote, encourage and improve your loved one’s lifestyle through a range of personalised stimulating activities and day-to-day routines. This can include adapting foods and living spaces so your loved one can live as independently and happily as possible. 


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Nursing Care Homes

Nursing care is specifically tailored for those who need medical assistance in their daily life. The level of assistance offered depends on your loved one’s needs, and the care provided can be full-time if required.


The care staff will work alongside registered nurses, doctors and consultants to ensure the best quality of life for your loved one, by creating a care plan designed to meet, track and maintain their health needs.

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Residential Care Homes

Residential care is designed for those who perhaps cannot manage their own home any more, or would feel safer in the presence of trained care assistants for assistance with daily living.


Residential care homes offer individual rooms so your loved one can still have their own personal space, but with communal areas for socialising, activities and meals.


Home maintenance, cleaning and meals are all included in residential care, and your loved one can also receive help with self-care tasks such as washing, feeding, and dressing.


Residential care homes provide a home-from-home living space for your loved one, offering support as your loved one lives as independently as possible.
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Respite Care Homes

Respite care is usually temporary, offering residential breaks whilst your loved one recovers from surgery, or if their health is in decline - for instance, if they’ve had a stroke.


It’s often offered to those who are in recovery and require specialist care to help them along the way. Alternatively, it could be that you, the caregiver, need a welcome break from your usual responsibilities.


You can pre-arrange respite care for your loved one, or alternatively, it can be sought in an emergency - with its primary aim being to relieve the pressure whilst your loved one recovers.


For more information about the different types of residential care we offer here at CHD Living, head to our care services page.


Alternatively, visit our contact page to enquire about our various care options.

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