What is Residential Care and What are the Benefits?

What is Residential Care?

Residential Care refers to general care and support provided in a standard elderly care home. Also referred to as “personal care”, “Group Living Arrangement” and “assisted living”, this type of care provides help with everyday needs such as washing, dressing, mobility assistance, and so on.

What is a Residential Care Home?

A Residential Care Home provides around-the-clock personal care in a safe and supportive environment. Residential Care Homes are available to the elderly and others who may find it difficult to manage daily life at home. 

Residential Care Homes care for people with ‘low’ care needs and residents are able to treat the setting as their home and live there while having access to a number of services available on site.

Why is Residential Care important?

Benefits of care homes include safety, companionship, help with medication, and peace of mind knowing that you or your loved one receives care when they need it. Residential Care Homes offer a safe, secure environment where residents can receive long-term, 24-hour personal care.

Benefits of Residential Care:

  1. Safety
    A person’s surroundings can have a huge impact on their quality of life. Residential Care Homes are considerately designed for residents; creating an environment that promotes independence. Loved ones can find peace of mind knowing relatives are safe, living within a secure environment. 
  1. Companionship
    Residential Care Homes are equipped to allow residents to enjoy the social benefits group living can bring. A care home should present residents with everything they need to live their life their way, with the option of enjoying their days peacefully alone or finding companionship with fellow residents.
  1. Nutritious Food
    When living in a care home, residents are offered tantalising and diverse menus every day. An in-house chef allows flexibility in selecting suppliers, considering food preferences as well as cultural and dietary needs. Regular, nutritious food plays an important role in overall elderly care, residents should be able to enjoy the benefits a well-balanced and delicious menu can offer.
  1. Reassurance & Peace of Mind
    If your loved one is living in a care home, knowing that they are safe and well looked after at all times is reassuring. From assisting with washing and dressing through to administering medicine, residents have qualified staff on hand 24-hours a day. Friends and family can find reassurance and peace of mind knowing loved ones are receiving comprehensive care to support their physical and wellbeing needs.
  1. Increased Independence & Identity
    A Residential Care Home is the ideal environment for residents to live a happy and fulfilled life that is unique to them and their desires. From a personalised bedroom to mealtime preferences through to regular in-house cinema visits and strolls around the landscaped gardens, residents are encouraged to live their lives, entirely their way.
  2. Specialist, Personalised Care
    When residing in a care home, skilled staff can deliver comprehensive care that is personalised, ensuring residents receive medical and wellbeing care that caters to each of their needs. With regular reviews, care plans evolve in line with residents’ care needs.
  3. Varied & Active Lifestyle
    A wide range of facilities and extensive activities programme available within the care home ensures residents are presented with multiple options of how to spend their days. Experienced Activity Coordinators will create programs that are diverse and include activities both on and off-site; a wide variety of choices will ensure every type of resident can participate in regular, stimulating activities and enjoy a varied and active lifestyle.

What’s the difference between Residential and Nursing Care?

Both types of care support residents in a homely, live-in accommodation where qualified staff looks after personal needs. Nursing Care equally assists with personal needs but with added care for residents who require support from a registered nurse. Registered nurses devise and monitor care plans, and provide and administer treatment and care for individuals with a variety of medical conditions.

What is the cost of Residential Care?

Depending on the severity of your current circumstance, you may be eligible for local authority (local councils) funding from the government or the NHS (Funded Nursing Care or Continuing Health Care). When it comes to deciding how you pay for your care home cost, we strongly urge you to seek independent financial support and advice.

The care costs of your stay at The Amwell Care Home are most likely to remain consistent. Your overall charge may change if your condition changes and your care plan may be altered to account for any additional costs.

The average cost of a Residential Care Home varies and there is plenty of guidance available on Care Home Fees.

Residential Care at The Amwell Care Home

At The Amwell Care Home in Melton Mowbray, we provide 24-hour care in a warm and welcoming environment. All of our experienced and compassionate experts work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality care and support to every resident.

Our team members are trained to SVQ 2 level and are able to provide as much or as little support as each resident requires. All care plans are regularly reviewed with input from both staff, residents, and their families and loved ones. We encourage relationship-centred care to ensure all residents are receiving appropriate and personalised care.

“My mother is always telling us how happy and well looked after she is and cannot speak any higher of the care she has received since moving into the Amwell just over a year ago. My mother always tells us how wonderful and caring all of the staff are and how lucky she feels to be there!”

Overall Experience: 5/5
Review from Gillian B (Daughter of Resident)

Autumn Fundraising Fete at The Amwell
The Amwell offers a real community feel

The Amwell Care Home provides a comprehensive approach to Residential Care, ensuring that all of our resident’s physical, mental, and emotional needs are satisfied. Our pleasant and homelike setting is ideal for residents who can generally look after themselves but may require additional assistance with some tasks.

Our home is a private, luxury care facility that offers superior accommodation, with 88 beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms. Our home is based on the belief that all residents deserve to live a full and meaningful life. Every day is new and exciting here at The Amwell Care Home; we strive to guarantee that no two days are ever the same due to our wide range of engaging activities for our residents to participate in.

En-suite bedroom at The Amwell Care Home

Who we care for

The Amwell Care Home is a purpose-built facility that is fully equipped to accommodate a wide range of care needs for older people, including those living with:

  • Dementia 
  • Mental Health Conditions 
  • Require No Medical Intervention 
  • Old Age 
  • Physical Disabilities 
  • Sensory Impairment

We’d love to speak to you

Researching what is a residential home and recognising and understanding the care requirements someone needs can be a challenging time. Knowing where to turn or who to turn to, understanding costs of care and funding options can be difficult. Here at The Amwell Care Home, we can offer advice and support to our existing residents, future residents, and their loved ones, as well as support them in determining the best course of action. 

Our professional and dedicated team provides unrivalled Residential Care as well as Dementia, and Respite Care. We welcome you to get in touch with any questions you have regarding our care services.

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