Different Types of Care for The Elderly

There are many different types of care available and it can be hard to work out what is the best fit for you and your family. When you come to St Philips Care our experienced home managers will make sure that our care is the correct solution for you. Whether you are looking for quality residential care for an independent older person or end-of-life care for that final period of time, we can help you.

Types of Care and their benefits

As all our care needs are personal to us, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to types of care. In our care homes, we offer person-centred care where quality care is designed around the actual care needs of each individual. We don’t simply dole out the same care to everyone. Care varies from in-home care, where care assistants come into your home to offer support with everyday tasks or personal care, to nursing care, in a nursing home where registered nurses are on hand to offer 24 hours nursing. Between these two ends of care lie a myriad of different types of care depending upon your needs.

Dementia care

Dementia care is specifically geared for those individuals with dementia. Our dementia homes are designed to be dementia-friendly, from the colour on the walls to the furniture. Our staff are trained to provide support to those with dementia. Communication can be a particular struggle, but well-trained staff providing dementia care will make a huge difference to the lives of those with dementia.

Residential care

The majority of our care homes offer residential care. Residential care homes are staffed by trained carers who can provide round-the-clock care to those who need more support. Residential care homes can be a good option for those lonely or starting to find running their own house a burden. Care homes provide a sense of belonging and community, which can be sadly missing elsewhere. Due to the nature of care homes, they are ideal for those who may anticipate their changing care needs. If you need more care as a resident of a care home, you can have it. Other care solutions can be less flexible.

Nursing care

Nursing homes have registered nurses onsite. They are a good solution for those individuals with complex care needs who require specialist nursing regularly. A residential care home will have a visiting district nurse who attends the home a few times a week, this is sufficient for many people. When you speak to us about joining one of our care homes, we will make sure that we offer the right level of care to match your needs.

End-of-life care or palliative care

End-of-life care can be a difficult conversation to have with your loved ones. We provide end-of-life care working closely with doctors and nurses to give people final days with pain relief, comfort, and love. Our care staff are trained in providing end-of-life care for residents and their families.

Respite and convalescent care

Respite care is useful for people who have been in hospital and need some support before returning to their own homes. It is also used to give a carer, such a husband or wife, a much-needed break. Some residents return frequently for respite breaks, before moving into our care homes permanently. This transition period can help make the move easier for them.

Companionship care

Older people can find their lives very lonely. Some struggle after the death of their partner, some struggle as their mobility limits their lives. Companionship is another type of care that can be found within a care home. Care homes provide a community structure for people, with regular activities and events.

Postoperative care

If you know that you are going into hospital for a scheduled operation, it can be useful to book postoperative care after the operation. A short stay in a residential care home can be a useful stepping stone back to independent living. Likewise, after emergency operations, a stay during recovery can be a vital part of the healing process.

Disability care

Our staff are well-trained to deliver care and support to all our residents. Some residents have physical disabilities and some have mental disabilities. Our care homes are designed to accommodate the needs of our residents, and our staff are trained to provide care and support that applies to the individual. We produce a care plan for each need of each resident so that we can provide tailored care to each person.

Day care

Daycare is offered by some care homes. This allows people to go to the home for the day, join in with the activities and enjoy home-cooked meals. This can provide much-needed friendship and support. It can also give a break to a family member who is caring for an older person. Daycare can be a good stepping stone towards moving into a care home permanently.

In-home care

For people who wish to remain in their own homes a little longer before making the transition into a care home, in-home care can be the ideal solution. Trained carers will visit people in their own homes and provide care from everyday assistance with tasks as shopping or cooking to personal care. This can be a useful interim solution before making the transition into a residential care home.

What type of care do I or my loved ones need?

It can be difficult to work out what type of care you or your loved one requires. When you come to St Philips Care we will help you to understand the options, and offer you support in making these difficult decisions. Before residents move into our care homes we do a thorough needs assessment to check that the quality care that we can offer is the right care for that person. If the needs are too great for our care home we can often recommend an alternative place where we feel the resident may be better suited. Our top priority is that all our residents are happy and well-cared in our homes. Part of this is having a clear understanding of people’s needs and how best to meet these needs. Our experienced home managers will talk you through all the options and help you to reach a considered conclusion.

Taking the next step: Find and Move to a Local Care Home

Moving into a care home can be a big step. At St Philips Care we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible. Part of this transition is ensuring that it is the right setting for the individual. None of us are the same, none of us require the same care, so every choice is a personal one. We always use our experience about different types of care to guide and facilitate you to make the best decision for you and your family.