The care services available to older people will differ from care home to care home but the one thing that will remain the same is that the services will be provided 24 hours a day. Some care homes will only exclusively offer residential care, while others offer a range of care services from dementia care to nursing care. So, what are the different types of care offered in a care home?
Also referred to as “group living” or "assisted living”, residential care refers to the overall care and support offered to elderly people who require a little support with daily tasks but can otherwise live independently. Residential care provides assistance with daily life tasks such as personal care, mobility support, and so on. This type of care enables individuals to continue doing the things they enjoy while living as independently as possible in other areas of their lives.
Nursing care encompasses all the benefits that residential care holds, as well as providing medical care for complex care needs. This type of care is for those who require assistance with physical disabilities, mental health conditions, and long-term health conditions. Nursing homes or care homes with nursing will have District Nurses and Nurse Practitioners on-site who have the skills and qualifications to administer medication, coordinate a resident's plan of care, cooperate with medical professionals and provide personalised nursing care.
Dementia is a disease that affects several mental functions, including speech and memory which leads to cognitive impairment and issues with mobility. With the correct care and support, people with dementia can continue to live their lives to the fullest, while staff helps them maintain their sense of self and independence for as long as possible.
A care home that offers a dementia care service will offer a residential care setting with similar facilities. In addition, it will be staffed with a specialist dementia care team who are fully trained in dementia care to support vulnerable adults who display challenging behaviours. Care homes that offer dementia care will have been designed to be considerate of the residents living there, ensuring the surroundings make them feel safe and comfortable. Using large visible signage, orienting items such as large clocks, and use of contrasting colours are a few examples of what you can expect to find in this environment:
Respite care is a short-term care option that allows primary caregivers to take regular and unscheduled breaks. Whether it’s to help a loved one with additional nursing requirements after a stay in the hospital to help them get back on their feet, or to recharge, get some medical treatment for yourself, or just some time out, respite care allows you to take the time you need, knowing that your loved-one is in safe, caring hands.
Palliative care, also known as end of life care, is a care service provided to older people nearing the end of their lives due to a life threatening illness or life limiting conditions. The primary aim is to provide pain relief, ease symptoms and ensure an individual is as comfortable as possible during their final moments. Residents and their loved ones are supported during this time by compassionate care staff. Palliative care ensures that an individual is in the best environment to provide unwavering care that respects privacy and dignity.
Dual Registered Care Homes offer multiple care services in one facility. A Dual Registered Care Home encompasses a number of care options to be able to cover a range of needs. These type of care homes are able to always support residents, should their needs change, and adapt care plans accordingly; those who initially require help with personal care but later needs Nursing or Dementia Care won’t need to change from a residential care home to a nursing home.
Struan Lodge Care Home in Edinburgh can be categorised as a Dual Registered Care Home and proudly offers comprehensive Residential Care, Nursing Care, Dementia Care Palliative Care and Respite Care. Here, residents will receive a person-centered care plan, which is regularly monitored and reviewed. All care offered to our residents is tailored to their individual needs and adapts as a resident's care needs change.
Our multi-disciplined approach to care means our home is suitable for a wide variety of individuals, covering a spectrum of care needs, including:
Our wonderful team is made up of highly-skilled and experienced individuals who provide the highest level of care, every day. All staff at Struan Lodge undertake mandatory training required to work in the care industry and continue delivering exceptional care. We are proud to be regularly assessed by the Care Inspectorate.
Whether you are looking for support following a hospital stay or are looking for a safe, home-away-from-home for a loved one living with Dementia to move in to, Struan Lodge Care Home is equipped with all means necessary to help; from extensive facilities to a fully trained team. Our home is more than just a retirement home, it’s a place where residents of all types can live safely, secure in the knowledge that no matter what comes their way, they are in capable hands.
Our all-inclusive care home in Edinburgh offers individuals many inclusive amenities including a dining room, quiet areas, communal areas, garden and hair salon for residents to experience a pleasant lifestyle with unlimited support.