For many older people, the appeal of group living in a care home is one that requires a lot of thought and consideration. The everyday stresses of home management can dampen an individual’s mental and physical health, making living in an assisted residential care home a great alternative. In a care home, you’ll always be encouraged to live life exactly how you want to without worrying about daily chores.
Whether a potential resident is looking for a little bit of extra companionship, a more reliable and rigid routine, or just some additional care support, living in a care home can provide exactly that. Although making the choice to move either yourself or a loved one into a care facility can be a tricky one to make, it’s a lot easier to make an informed decision when you’re fully aware of what to expect, and the benefits group living can bring.
Advantages of Living in a Residential Care Home
Before deciding to move into a care home, take a look below at some of the main advantages of doing so. These five benefits of residential care are universal, despite the fact that every care home is distinct and offers varying levels of services and amenities.
Professional Care & Support
In all care homes, you can be certain that the level of care you receive from the professional, highly skilled team members will always be second to none. Most care homes offer many different types of care, ranging from nursing care to respite care.
This means that every single resident can get exactly the kind of tailored care and support they need from their designated nurses and carers. The majority of care homes offer medication management services for those residents who struggle with taking their prescriptions when they need them most, as well as aid with mobility, personal care and more advanced care.
Those living in full-time residential care can feel truly comfortable in their surroundings knowing they will always receive around-the-clock care, no matter the situation or circumstance. Lots of care homes implement a ‘personalised care plan system’, in which each resident is regularly assessed and their care plan updated accordingly to ensure they’re getting the very best care.
Residents receiving nursing care are assigned their very own ‘Key Nurse’, who will always serve as a familiar, friendly face around the home. This is the person that residents and loved ones are encouraged to speak to if they require support. Compassionate support will always be provided to residents, as well as their loved ones.
Camaraderie & Togetherness
A fantastic benefit of group living in a care home is the sense of companionship that residents have with one another. Residents can bond with like-minded individuals and find friends for life in both fellow residents and staff members. The friends and family members of residents are welcome to visit their loved ones anytime as many care homes adopt an open door policy to highlight a sense of community.
This sense of camaraderie and togetherness is built through swapping stories with one another and taking part in the full activities programme that the home’s Activity Coordinators plan throughout the week with group activities available that cater to a range of interests. Loneliness is something that a lot of older people tend to face, but care homes offer plenty of opportunities to interact with people they might not have even had the chance to talk to before.
A Structured Routine
Keeping to and developing a routine is so important for older people, and in many care homes, this is an absolute priority. In care homes that offer dementia care or other forms of specialist care, a structured routine is so very important to ensure the happiness and well-being of its residents. Alongside providing support, staff try to encourage self-sufficiency where possible as it’s important for residents to maintain their independence to a degree for as long as possible.
By creating and reevaluating care plans, updating and improving processes and incorporating some nostalgic and exciting activities into the weekly activities programme, many care homes manage to delicately walk the line between new and exciting, and comfortable and traditional. Often care homes will incorporate activity sessions that enable residents to develop their skills or learn something new, as well as enjoy leisurely time using the home’s facilities or day trips to the nearby town or city.
A Safe Place to Call Home
A resident will always have their own private space to retreat to within a care facility. Private bedrooms will often have en-suite wet rooms with all the modern conveniences someone may need. Many nursing homes and care homes also provide residents with the option to customise their rooms so they feel more homely and welcoming.
Creating a safe space filled with personal items and things that remind them of familiar surroundings gives residents that extra peace of mind they might be searching for. Moving house can be a difficult and stressful experience for anyone, and it’s the small home comforts that are guaranteed to make all the difference.
Reducing The Stresses of The Cost of Living Crisis
A care home can offer peace of mind to help overcome the difficulties of household management, including paying bills, while the cost of living continues to climb at an alarming rate. Energy costs are one of the main causes of inflation, according to the BBC. By the autumn of 2022, UK inflation might soar to a startling 11%, according to the Bank of England. Living in a care home can help to eliminate residents’ worries as the colder seasons approach.
Care Options for Older People at Templeton House
It can be an overwhelming process researching care homes, and on top of that, it can be even more stressful to identify the unique care needs that a person may need. At Templeton House, we provide 24-hour, comprehensive Residential, Nursing, Dementia and Respite Care to older individuals in the Ayr location.
At Templeton Care Home, we are here to assist our prospective residents and their loved ones in choosing the right care choice for the individual in need of professional care. We will carry out a care assessment to determine the more suitable care method and following this, a personalised care plan will be written and strictly followed during their stay to ensure each individual is receiving accurate and effective care.
From the moment you walk through the doors at Templeton House, our dedicated team will always go out of their way to make sure a resident is happy and comfortable in their new surroundings, a place that soon becomes a home away from home. Residents have the opportunity to live their lives exactly the way that suits them. We have an extensive range of all-inclusive facilities including communal and private dining, an activities programme, hair salon, library and cinema. These facilities enable residents to live a luxury, varied lifestyle.
Contact the Team at Templeton House
If you are interested in finding out more about the care options available at Templeton House Care Home, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team today. You can call us on 01292 291 232 or send an email to email@example.com and our team will be delighted to answer your questions. You can also send your query via our online Enquiry Form a member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.