Residential Care – When Should You Consider it?  

When To Know It’s The Right Time For Residential Care

It is difficult to know when it is the right time to place a loved one in residential care but a recent survey concluded that nearly ½ million people lived in residential care in 2020. It also tends to be an emotional time as it is a big decision that is not easy to make. 

You want to ensure your loved ones will be happy and comfortable and have their needs cared for. The residential care team at your chosen home will try to provide everything they can to give you peace of mind.

You should not be afraid to ask advice from governmental and charitable organisations and you should look to put a care plan in place. A care plan can make the move to residential care less stressful and the life changes managed better for your loved one.

We have put together some information to help you decide when you should consider residential care.

Improving Quality Of Life

Your loved one could have feelings of loneliness. A care home environment might be just what they need to feel less isolated. It is possible that if they have recently lost someone, they are struggling to adjust to life without them.

Residential care homes provide a wide range of social activities for their residents. If your loved one has a particular passion or hobby they will do everything to allow them to continue to follow their pursuits. Residential care homes have a strong sense of community and your loved one has no reason to ever feel alone again.

Struggling With Daily Tasks

If your loved one is struggling with daily living tasks it may be time to consider residential care. If tasks such as getting dressed, going to the toilet or maybe feeding themselves are becoming problematic, it would help them to have extra support from care home staff. The family members who currently offer support could be struggling with physically getting them in and out of bed or even their own personal time constraints. 

If this is the case it is time to look for extra support externally.

Safety Concerns

Your loved one could be at risk of trips and falls. A residential care home can offer a safe environment where they continue to have a fulfilling life, able to enjoy hobbies and activities but in a space that is constantly monitored. Your loved one will be cared for based on their personal needs and will have as much or as little support as they need, 24 hours a day.

Health Support & Tailored Care Plans

A residential care home can provide high levels of support regarding your loved ones’ health care. Whether it is medication, mobility or memory problems, the care home will be able to offer suitable care and support. Any of these issues could mean it is time to consider a residential care home, especially if they have recently become confused or had a needs assessment.

If You Are The Carer & Need Support

Caring for your loved one at home can take a physical and mental toll on the caregiver. You may be struggling to provide the level of care they require but are feeling guilty about placing them into residential care. Over time you will realise that your loved one is comfortable and content in their residential care home, as it can continue to meet their needs, as their needs change over time.

At Lovat House, we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide and would be delighted to discuss anything regarding the long term care of your loved one.