Why home care is better than residential homes

Kiain McKean Read 1321 times

why home care is better than residential home

Before we begin to debate the subject, it’s important to point out that we all have options.

What, where and how do you want to live?

Should you ever need to consider care, it’s important to know that you do have a choice. Depending on your care needs, will depend on the type of care you need, and where your care would be best delivered. It may be preferable for you to stay in the comfort of your own home, in familiar surroundings and have carers visit you at home, or you may prefer to move into a residential or nursing home. Understanding your options is the first step in establishing the right care that will suit you or your loved ones and your lifestyle.

We all have different ideas about how, where and when we should be cared for, and it’s an extremely important decision to make. Both emotional and financial considerations need to be taken into account, as they can affect the health and happiness of not only yourself but also your loved ones.


The Benefits of Home Care

There are many benefits to remaining in your own home. Here are just a few:

  • Live in familiar surroundings on your own terms - i.e. eat and go to bed when you desire.
  • Home care offers you the confidence to continue to be independent.
  • Remain an active member of your community and its activities.
  • Enjoy the company of your pets.
  • The flexibility of having the right type of care, when you want it.
  • Build strong relationships with your carers, so they identify quickly any change to care needs.
  • You can stay together as a couple, see friends and family at any time.
  • Funding and benefits may be available to support your care at home.
  • Your home won’t be taken into consideration when assessing your assets.
  • Families and loved ones are completely reassured that your care needs are taken care of.


Residential Care

There are many benefits to residential care, however, your independence becomes much less. Moving into residential care means that initially, you are moving into an unfamiliar environment, possibly having to share a room, bathroom and other facilities. Your meal and bedtimes are set and there is usually a shared television lounge. You may even find that there is restricted visiting hours.

In a residential home environment, there will be an abundance of carers, each working different shift patterns, impacting potential relationships that you may want to build, which may also result in not identifying any changing needs you may have.

With regards to finances, your own home may be taken into account and sold to pay care fees, and as a couple, you may even be faced with a cost that reflects double the single charge.


What our clients think

A number of our clients have been kind enough to share their experiences in both a care home environment following a spell in hospital and now being cared for by Radfield in their own homes.

"I went in to a care home for a month after having a fall at home, the staff were fantastic but I didn't enjoy the care home itself, I spent a lot of time in my room alone. I prefer home care as I am able to talk to someone on a one to one."

Mrs Jean Jennings

“I have lived in my home since 1953 and I am very happy here, after having an operation, I went into a care home for respite, although I was very well looked after, on discussing things with my family, I felt able to stay at home with the support of the lovely carers from Radfield.

I wanted to still have my independence, and being cared for at home enables me to still be able to do what I want, when I want, where a care home feels more like a set routine.”

Mrs N Warner

"Having my husband Ian at home means I am able to monitor his medication and how his general health is. He has spent a long time in hospital in the past and he does not suit the environment as it is very busy and he isn't very good with strange people. I feel home care is the best option for ourselves.”

Mrs Val Quaterman (Client’s wife)


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