When Should You Consider a Care Home?
If you’ve been caring for a loved one then helping them to make the decision that it is time to move into a nursing home can be stressful and fill many people with guilt. It can be even harder when you are making the decision on their behalf. However, in many cases nursing homes can improve the lives of the residents and their families by relieving pressure and providing suitable care that is not accessible at home. Often it’s a relief to be looked after by professional nursing and care staff: those who have felt lonely are pleasantly surprised by the feeling of companionship: there is relief at no longer having to cope with the responsibility of a house or garden: those who may need medical attention can actually feel more independent than when they were living in their own home. For those who need a little more information about what nursing homes can do, this article will explain the main benefits. Our Getting Started Guide may also offer you further assistance regarding assessing needs along with information about fees and funding.
Nursing Home Benefits
For those that require specialised or constant care, this can put an emotional and physical strain on carers at home, and affect loving and caring relationships. However, as the name suggests, Nursing Homes are run by trained nurses who are ready to deal with a range of medical issues. Furthermore, nursing homes will have a lot more resources than you would at home so your loved one will receive professional treatment, and with emergency care always on hand.
Nursing Homes Will Help Your Loved One’s Safety
If you are caring for someone with a condition such as dementia, then living at home could be a risk to their safety. For many carers it can be a worry that loved-ones may try and get out of the house during the night due to confusion, or injure themselves in other ways. This also means that carers often experience disturbed sleep and other negative effects. In comparison, nursing homes have a range of safety precautions available as well as a team of staff on hand 24/7 to help keep people safe.
Nursing Homes will Offer Greater Social Vitality
One of the concerns for many carers is the amount of social interaction their family member is receiving, and when being looked after at home this can often become limited. Nursing homes can help increase confidence, create new friendships and stimulate the mind by surrounding individuals with people their own age, as well as engaging activities and trips for them to enjoy.
Nursing Home Benefit for the Carer
Looking after anyone, especially someone who requires a lot of care and attention can takes its toll – and no one should be afraid to admit this. Nursing homes are beneficial for carers as well as residents by relieving stress and improving the freedom of both people. Often this step can have a positive impact on the relationship between the two, as carers will feel a lot less guilt or pressure, whilst keeping open the opportunities for you to be involved in day-to-day care for your loved one if this is something you both choose.
Randolph Hill Nursing Homes
The Randolph Hill Nursing Homes Group provides premium residential care across locations in Scotland. We pride ourselves on creating a safe, professional and caring environment, and recognise that each resident has individual needs which is why we create person-centred care plans and review them regularly. To find a nursing home near you or for more information about our services get in touch today.