Deciding when is the best time to seek residential care for a loved one is a question families usually dread. The realisation that someone you care for is no longer able to stay safely in their own home and now needs full time support is hard to come to terms with.
The need for change often brings out feelings of insecurity and fear, but specialist residential care can in fact provide enormous advantages for older people. Let’s take time to consider some of the benefits that residential care can bring…
Tackling loneliness and isolation
High quality residential care that has been designed with the needs of older people in mind can provide a far more stimulating environment than that of an individual’s own home, particularly if poor health or reduced mobility has restricted their ability to get out and about.
The opportunity for companionship, friendship and a sense of community are all aspects of life that care homes work hard to promote and can give older people renewed purpose and zest for life.
Greater Independence with specialist support
Well designed spaces with accessibility aids built in can make life more comfortable, boosting self confidence and enabling residents to join in activities and pastimes more easily. Adaptations such as lifts, handrails, adapted bathrooms, wheelchair friendly gardens etc can all promote independence rather than taking it away.
Stimulating activities and group therapies
Well run care homes pride themselves on providing a range of activities, therapies and events that people living in their own homes would be unlikely to be able to access. These help their residents stay active, engaged, and connected to the outside world and are important in helping older people maintain a sense of purpose and ward off depression.
Improved quality of life for family carers
Access to 24 hour care removes the strain and worry that the demands of physical care puts on family members. Exhaustion and depression are common among full time family carers and the relentless nature of care means that sharing enjoyable time together can be lost among the constant demands that physical care brings.
Knowing that your love one is receiving excellent care and support both physically and mentally means that time spent together can once again be enjoyed, creating special moments to treasure.
Contact us at The Gables Residential Home
Our advice is simple! Keep a positive mindset about residential care, plan early, and don’t put off those difficult decisions about future care!
Here at The Gables our skilled and experienced staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality residential care to improve the lives both of our residents and their families.
We pride ourselves on our welcoming atmosphere and home from home feel so please get in touch to find out more and see how we could help you.