Time marches on and none of us are getting younger, but when the time comes to perhaps move out of a house that has become too large – due to the children having long since moved on – or due to health reasons, a house you can no longer maintain in the way you would like, what are the choices?
If you are in good health and physically fit, obviously a move to a smaller property can be the best option. You can simply sell your home and move on. But when you are no longer able to manage looking after yourself, there are other options to consider.
The type of long-term care you choose will be determined by your particular needs. In reality there is no, "one size fits all". Your choice of care service may be as simple as receiving Meals-on-Wheels and using aids and equipment, through to intense nursing care in a specialist home. But what most people want is to retain their dignity.
Deciding to leave one's own home and move into a care home can be distressing. However, many peoples' preconceptions about moving into a care home are unfounded and generally the care provided is of a high standard, allowing residents to live a fulfilled life while respecting their privacy and dignity.
There is a wide range of care homes to suit most people, so they can carry on their lives and maintain participation in the activities they enjoy, but with the added benefit of security, companionship and 24-hour care.
It is a common misconception that private care homes are only available to wealthy individuals. All care homes have to meet the minimum standards required under the Care Standards Act and are inspected regularly to check that standards are maintained.
Each care home will have an Inspection Report which is available on request.
If you do not want to ask the home you can get a copy from the Care Standards Commission.
There are two types of care home.
These are care homes which provide meals and personal care and Care Homes with Nursing which provide meals, personal care and regular care by specialist nursing staff.
The majority of care homes are owned by the independent operators, along with a limited number of homes which are owned and operated by the local authority.