What is a Residential Care Home? | How to Know When Your Loved One Needs Professional Support

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What is a residential care home?

As you begin your search for professional care, you may be wondering how a residential care home setting will benefit your loved one:

What is a Residential Care Home?

When considering a care home for your loved one, look for a setting in which your loved one will feel safe and comfortable. It’s important, too, to consider your loved one’s personal needs; you may base your decision on the level of care required, whether that’s light assistance or daily medical provision.

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Residential care homes provide 24 hour personal care including:

  • Bathing and washing; 
  • Skin and nail care;
  • General hygiene, 
  • Help with dressing and undressing; 
  • Healthy meals and snacks throughout the day; 
  • Medication administration; 
  • Health and wellbeing activities.

Whilst it’s a good idea to check that your care home of choice offers all of the above, it’s important to ensure that they make you feel welcome during your visit, and that they actively practise person-centred care.

Changes in Personal Hygiene

As we explore the question “what is a residential care home”, we’re considering the tell-tale signs that your loved one needs professional support. 

One of the more tell-tale signs of a loved one needing professional support is when they start neglecting their personal hygiene. If you’re beginning to worry about your loved one, take some time when you see them to check if they’re managing to meet their basic hygiene needs. 

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Although it may be a sensitive or difficult subject, if you notice these signs it’s important to talk to your loved one about how they’re managing at home and if they feel they need support with their personal needs.

Self-Isolation and Lack of Activity

If you notice your loved one spending more time alone, withdrawing from activities and staying at home more often, it may be worth considering professional support options. 

For older individuals, loneliness can be a serious problem, leading to feelings of sadness and depression. If you notice your loved one struggling with being home alone, it would be beneficial for them to have a talk about their feelings and consider whether a professional care home would be a better fit for them.

Change in Levels of Mobility

For many older people, their mobility is integral for maintaining an independent lifestyle. If you notice your loved one struggling to get around and becoming more sedimentary, they may need professional help to move to an environment where they have support in their mobility.

Although your loved one may feel resistant to the idea of professional support, it is important to remind them that receiving support for their mobility will help increase their overall quality of life.

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If you start to notice that your loved one is struggling with any of the above and you want to explore residential care options for them, take a look at our website to find out more about our residential care homes. 
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