Even just considering moving your loved one into a residential care home can be daunting. But there are many great benefits to doing so, and if their care needs are getting harder to meet it’s a great option for making sure your relatives and loved ones are getting the necessary support and are able to live independent, happy and fulfilling lives.
If you’re deciding with your mum, dad or loved one the key is figuring out what would be the best option for them, here are seven benefits of residential care homes to consider:
1. Peace of mind
Knowing your relative or loved one is safe, well looked after and surrounded by great company can help put your mind at ease. Residential care homes are qualified in taking care of older people and ensure that your loved one’s care and personal needs are being met, allowing you to focus on spending quality time with the people you love.
2. Safety and a helping hand
Safety is possibly the most important benefit of residential care homes. Residential care is a safe and secure option for older people who can struggle with loneliness or are no longer able to live alone. It ensures all of the resident’s needs are taken care of and provides a safe environment for your loved one to live happily.
Care homes are staffed at all times, so there is always someone on hand to help. Personal and medication support is available 24/7 in residential care homes, which can be really helpful for older adults who are lonely, prone to falling, require frequent medication but can forget. Having staff on hand all the time can also reassure you that your loved ones are safe day and night.
Some homes are also specially equipped to ensure your loved one are not only safe, but undisturbed. Brendoncare St Giles View, opening in Autumn 2022, will utilise acoustic monitoring and allow residents to be safe whilst also getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Regular meals
When loved ones start to struggle with eating or getting the right nutrients in their diet, it can be worrying. Residential care homes provide healthy and regular home-cooked meals, as well as supporting residents in their own cooking, to ensure that they are eating and drinking well and maintaining a balanced diet.
If your relative or loved one is finding eating difficult, check out our blog post on making eating easier for older people.
Another benefit of residential care homes is the companionship in which they provide your loved ones. There will have opportunities to spend time with different people throughout the course of the day – from a friendly face at breakfast to sitting in the garden with friends in the afternoon – which can help alleviate loneliness for your friend or relative.
The staff often become extended family members to many residents and can offer you and your loved one an ear to listen to as well as support the whole family during this time of transition.
5. Activity calendar
It’s easy to feel lonely, especially for those who have no family or friends nearby. Day in and day out there are a wide range of activities for residents in care homes, which is another great benefit. This could be anything from receiving visits from local schools, to entertainers, gardening and exercise classes.
Residential care homes comprise of similarly aged residents with common interests, and group activities are a great way of creating a sense of community within a home and helping older people make new friends. Joining in with group activities is a great way to combat loneliness too!
Read this blog from an Activities Coordinator at Brendoncare to find out how important activities are to us and to get a behind-the-scenes look into what our care homes offer.
6. Specialist care
Some levels of care are difficult to manage at home. Many residential care homes provide specialist services or have equipment that can support those who require higher levels of care – such as mobility support or assistance with bathing. All have specially trained staff to look after the residents around the clock, offering peace of mind knowing that they are in the best possible hands.
7. Medication management
When a relative or loved one is in a residential care home, you can have full confidence they aren’t going to miss their medications. The team are there to take care of this, either to prompt or administer their medication for them to ensure they are taken properly and on time.
You should be happy and comfortable in the place you live and so a care home should be a ‘home away from home’ for your loved ones to enjoy.
But there are many things to consider before choosing a care home, including the type of care provided, facilities, activities, location and more. We would advise doing your research: from taking tours, speaking to care home managers and reading reviews from trusted websites such as carehome.co.uk. See our choosing a care home with confidence hints and tips.