What is Residential Care?
Residential care is an option for individuals who may find themselves in a position where they need support with day-to-day tasks. A residential care home offers an environment where a person can live comfortably and safely, with access to help whenever they may need it.
For example, an elderly individual who is living alone may find it difficult to wash, or dress themselves, independently. In these cases, support within a residential home would allow them to continue to carry out these day-to-day tasks with the support of a fully qualified care assistant.
The term residential care is often confused with nursing care. This is common, as the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably and often go hand in hand with one another. Nursing care refers to facilities that offer medical support by nurses who are able to administer certain medicines and support with any complex conditions,injuries or wounds.
Residential care refers to support with day-to-day activities, and offers the opportunity for individuals to live in a safe environment where their needs are met, their choices are honoured, and their independence and dignity are upheld at all times.