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Making a choice between Homecare and Residential Care.

Monday, January 28th, 2019 | Blog

Different people require different things, so depending on what is best for you or your loved one, one may be preferable to the other. When considering care, it is important to look into all of the options in detail, so you can make a well-informed and appropriate decision.

So, what are the benefits of each? Kare Plus is here to make the decision a little easier, and help you figure out what’s best for you or your loved one.

Staff are available around the clock in residential care homes, which is a great form of support for those who need it. If you are after a more independent lifestyle with a little help at home, homecare may be the way to go. It is completely reliant on the needs of the customer.

In a care home, carers are likely to learn quickly about you and your needs/preferences. Despite this, when you are offered homecare, we will try to ensure you are cared for by the same carer/s as far as is possible, so these people will also get to know your needs and preferences.

It’s commonly accepted that the majority of people would rather stay in their home, but unfortunately this is not always possible. When considering the environment, a care home can be preferable as it will often be located near local amenities and transport. This can also be more stimulating for residents as they will be part of a community of similarly aged people.

On the other hand, familiar surroundings may also be important to you and your family. Companionship can be limited when you only have a visitor once daily, but this may be preferred. Again, it is dependent on the needs of the customer.  

Contrary to popular belief, homecare is typically cheaper than residential care or going into a nursing home. Those with dementia typically can benefit from care at home. This is because they often feel better being somewhere familiar and surrounded by their own belongings and memories. It’s easier to maintain independence if you’re in your own home. Being supported at home means you can continue to live aspects of your life as you have before, with extra help.

Living in a care home could be beneficial if extensive adjustments would need to be made to the home if you were to stay there. Having these alterations made to make the home safe and practical can be more stressful and be more expensive than living in a care home.

As mentioned previously, it is of course up to you and everybody’s needs are different. If you are interested in care for yourself or a loved one, please take a look here: https://www.kareplus.co.uk/branches/  to find a Kare Plus branch near you, and give them a call today!

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