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Types of Care

This section contains information on the main types of care available:

Residential Homes

Residential homes provide accommodation, meals and personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing, for those who are finding it difficult to cope, or who need more help than their carers at home are able to provide. A full assessment of your needs will be undertaken.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide accommodation, meals and personal care, but also have qualified nurses in constant attendance. Many also provide more specialist dementia care. A nursing home will generally charge higher fees than a residential home because it offers care by qualified nurses, although the NHS now makes a contribution to nursing care fees (see Paying for care).

Dual Registered Homes

These offer both residential and nursing care. Dual registered homes will normally be registered for specific numbers of nursing beds and residential beds, and availability will depend upon the home's assessment of your needs and the availability of an appropriate bed.

Dementia Care

The most common mental infirmities in older people are dementia-related conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease. Depending on the level of dementia, care may be available in residential or nursing homes.

There are also specialist units offering nursing or residential care with experienced staff and adapted facilities. Discuss your needs with your local home in the first instance, who can give you advice and arrange an assessment if necessary.

Specialist Care

Some care homes offer specialist care for conditions such as Parkinson's Disease or Huntington's Disease, or for young physically disabled people, with specially trained staff and adapted facilities.

Respite Care

This is short term care, perhaps for a week or two, so that carers can have a break or if a carer is unavailable for a while. Some homes will have rooms set aside for respite stays, others will only offer it if there is a room vacant.

You may have to pay a higher fee for respite care to cover the additional administration costs of a short stay.

Convalescent or Post-Operative Care

This is short term care for people recovering from illness or an operation. Most nursing homes offer both convalescent and post-operative care, while residential homes will usually only offer convalescent care. As with respite care, additional fees may be charged for these short stays.

Palliative and Terminal Care

This is active, compassionate care of the chronically and terminally ill, directed towards improving the quality of life. Palliative care particularly focuses on the control of pain and symptoms. These specialist approaches include the individual, the family, carers and friends, and extend to bereavement and grief.

Other Options

Retirement housing/assisted living may also be options to consider if you do not yet need residential care. Click here for more information on Holden Grange Retirement Complex.

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