Care is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as “the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/care?q=CARE#CARE)
Care is now seen as a holistic approach to well-being rather than just being about physical health. We recognize that to be “well” we have to look after mind, body and soul. Considering this we need to examine care facilities on all of these grounds.
The decision on the type of care you want and or need is very personal and incorporates a variety of things, too many to go into detail here. In my new e-book
“Evaluating Aged Care – The How to Guide from Staying-at-Home to Full Care for the non-medical“
I will discuss in detail how you can decide on what you want and need for your or your loved ones care and then show you how to assess that care against these needs and wants.
There are four main types or styles of care
- In-home care – this type of care is becoming more popular as all the evidence point towards people living longer, happier lives when they stay in a home environment. While its not for everyone, even residents with dementia can stay at home longer. This can be done through careful planning and adjustments to the home.
- Low-Care Hostel Accommodation – this is more like a shared living arrangement, where residents have their own rooms, some with bathrooms and they share a dining room and laundry. This is generally not nursing care but rather supported living. Allowing residents independence while taking away the larger chores of cleaning, cooking and laundry. These can be independent facilities or joined onto higher care nursing facilities.
- Low-Care Nursing Home, also called Low-Care Residential homes – these are facilities that deliver nursing care, though are not high care. The are for resident who cannot cope with the Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), and support the residents with these and monitor their health and well-being.
- High-Care Nursing Home, also called High-Care Residential Homes – these are for residents who can no longer care for themselves. They deliver a service based on increased medical need and decreased capacity to care for yourself.
Deciding what you want and what you need is key to getting the best fit for yourself or your loved one. You may need help or you might know what you want. If you need help consider my e-book, it is an in-depth examination on what to consider and who to evaluate it. Including hints, tips and links to products that might help. As well as comprehensive check-list on all types of care to help evaluate them against your own list of desirable criteria.