What is a care home?
A care home is a supported living environment that provides accommodation and care for people who are dependent on additional support throughout daily life. A care home will employ a team of carers that are trained to look after and support its residents. Examples of support that a care home will provide include include help with eating, washing, dressing, toileting and taking medication.
The different types of care home
There are two primary types of care home; a nursing home, and a residential home. A nursing home will support high dependency residents (e.g. severe mobility restrictions or delicate medical conditions) and employs qualified nursing staff to provide residents with 24-hour nursing care. A residential home does not have to employ nursing staff and provides residents with assistance rather than one-to-one care. There are also care homes that are dual-registered for both nursing and residential care, care homes that specialise in dementia care, and care homes for younger adults.
How you can tell a care home is providing quality care
The care home management team is reponsible for the wellbeing of both the residents and the care team, a measure that is regulated by goverment body, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). All care homes, both nursing and residential, are rated by the CQC to assess the quality of care being provided. There are four ratings the CQC will issue; 'Outstanding', 'Good', 'Requires Improvement', and 'Inadequate'. Care homes have to visibly display their rating and you can search for care homes and their ratings on the CQC website. Find out what it takes for a care home to be rated as 'Outstanding'.
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