When Is It Time to Look at Residential Homes

Making the decision for yourself or a loved one to move into a residential care home takes a lot of careful consideration. Professional opinions can help to inform you, but can’t always make the decision for you. Knowing when it’s time to start looking at residential homes is difficult, but there are a few factors to think about that can help to make it easier. Residential places in care homes aren’t just for older people. They can also be useful for people with mental health conditions, brain injuries and other issues that might require extra care. There are a number of reasons that you might decide it’s time to use one.

Assessing Patient Risks

One of the important factors to consider is the risk people might pose to themselves or other people. If someone is at risk of hurting himself or herself or they could possibly hurt someone else, a secure ward in a residential hospital home might be the best choice of them. They can receive the care and treatment that they need, while both they and the wider community are kept safe. They will also work towards gaining skills for living independently so that they can be integrated back into the community.

Help Transitioning from Hospital

Sometimes, residential homes are appropriate to help someone transition between a hospital stay and home. Moving back into the community after staying in hospital, particularly when the stay was in a secure unit, can be a struggle. Step down care can help with this issue, making the transition easier. It provides therapies and treatments that bridge the gap between intensive treatment in hospital and independent living at home. Residents can share a home with several others so that the environment is less like a hospital, but still have access to the support they need.

Specialist Treatment Required for Challenging Behaviours

Mental health conditions and dementias can result in a series of challenging behaviours. This often makes it difficult for family members to provide care or might mean that independent living is unsafe. Residential homes can offer the care and support required to manage these behaviours. They provide a safe environment for a range of needs to manage things as diverse as wandering off to emotional outbursts. Secure accommodation combined with facilities and activities that help to improve quality of life help people with challenging behaviours to stay safe and be happier.

Complex Care Needs

People who need extra care can struggle to stay in their own home or in the home of a family member. Many family members are not capable of providing the necessary care and professional home care might not be available or perhaps isn’t a suitable choice. A care home is often the best place for someone with complex care needs who cannot live independently or in an environment with less support.

Thinking about care options might not be enjoyable, but it’s often necessary. With the right support, you can carefully consider all available options so that you can make the right decision.