Residential care

Residential care is intended to help you if you can no longer continue living in your own home, even though you may have support from nursing care or assisted living services. This service aims to provide you with help so that you can continue to live safely, with the least amount of hassles of everyday life. This will also allow your family or carer to rest easy and have peace of mind knowing you are in a safe and supportive environment.

A care home provides comfortable accommodation and suitable environment, meals, and personal care services such as assistance in getting up or going to bed, eating, washing, dressing, and using the toilet. The nurses or carers are available 24 hours a day, and will respect your privacy and dignity. Other services that should be provided include interesting activities and consideration for your physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs. You can stay in residential care for a short time, for example, if you need assistance while recovering from surgery or a stroke. This is known as respite care. You can also stay for over a longer period or permanently. You may choose this move an option if your circumstances are likely to remain the same for the many years to come.

If you are finding it difficult to cope with living in your own home and if you are thinking about living in a care home you can speak to your doctor or social services in your area. They will help in assessing what it is that you need, and will establish the level and type of care that you require. After this has been established you will work together to decide on a care home that is best for you. They will also help you to work out whether you can afford to pay towards the cost of the home or not.

If your savings are above a certain amount, you will be expected to pay the full cost of accommodation. If you cannot afford to pay the fees yourself, social services can arrange to pay the home's fees. If they help you with the cost of the home, you will also be given an amount of money per week to help pay for your personal expenses such as toiletries and clothes. If you choose to go into a home that is more expensive than social services will pay, you will need to find a way to pay the difference.

If you are considering a residential care home, for whatever reason, it is important to make sure that the facility is a reputable one that will provide you with the care that you need.

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