CHOOSING A CARE HOME IN SOMERSET





Choosing a Care Home in Somerset


Somerset care homes are plentiful, understanding their differences is important


There are many different types of care homes in Somerset, ranging from homes which provide specialist nursing or dementia care to others which simply offer a safe & comfortable residential home for people who may need a little assistance with daily life. Some homes offer both residential & nursing care, future proofing the later years. Which one you choose may depend on the level of care required now or in future years.


Ownership of Somerset care homes


Ownership of Somerset care homes range from large corporations, local authorities, charities & not-for-profit enterprises to the entirely private. All Somerset care homes are registered with & inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Of course, ownership is not a good indicator of the quality of care that residents receive however the privately owned Somerset care homes may be able to offer a more home from home environment & a level of personalised care that is substantially better quality than what is required by the sector’s regulations.


Choosing a Somerset care home that meets your needs


Choosing the right Somerset care home for your loved one’s needs can be an emotional decision. One of the most commonly asked questions people have is what the difference between a care home & a nursing home is. Both nursing homes & residential care homes provide care & support 24 hours a day, however the main difference is that a nursing home is able to provide a higher level of care. Whilst staff at residential care settings are trained to provide the care & support residents need on a daily basis, such as administering medication, they are generally not qualified to provide medical care whereas nursing homes have specialist equipment & qualified nurses on-site around the clock to provide medical care for many lifelong conditions. Some Somerset care homes are dual registered, offering both residential & nursing care, providing peace of mind should your loved one require more nursing support in later years; they won’t have to move to a different care home.


Often, when loved ones move into a care home, they gain a renewed purpose in life, they have the opportunity to meet new people & start new friendships. An important factor to consider when choosing a Somerset care home are the social activities. Activity helps to sustain both physical & mental health. It is important that individuals living in care homes are able to maintain their interests & have many opportunities to develop new ones. And if that Somerset care home provides restaurant quality catering & is situated within a beautiful setting then you probably need look no further. Of course, seek the opinions of others too, arrange to visit the care home, meet the manager & their team who should provide reassuring answers to all your questions.


Next steps


We recognise that deciding to move a loved one into a care home can be one of the biggest & most difficult decisions you’ll make in life. But once you’ve made that decision, you’ll want to find the best possible home for them. If you would like to explore residential or nursing care in more detail & talk through your loved ones needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01963 32746. We won’t pitch you a care home ‘sale’ but will let Elliscombe House speak for itself.