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Why Should You Consider Care Homes?

The option of moving into a care home crops up in almost everybody’s life sooner or later. There will come a time in our lives when staying by ourselves in our own home becomes increasingly more difficult to manage.

Preparing meals becomes a challenge.  Most of the time, we make do with instant meals which require only heating.  Such meals are convenient – but also remarkably lacking in nutrition, and often, even in taste and flavour. Taking care of the simplest most basic personal needs like bathing or washing can become complicated. Driving out to buy groceries or pay bills becomes challenging, accompanied by apprehensions rooted in the acknowledgment of poor eyesight and slow reflexes that accompany aging.   Memory fails us every so often – resulting in failure to take medications at prescribed times. Going out to see a movie or have dinner with friends becomes a major project, making us inclined to forego the pleasure because of the difficulty of getting ourselves where we are supposed to meet our friends.

 

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It is during these times that we seriously start to consider the advantages of moving into a care home.

There are many care homes – most offering basic services, others providing services considered special. What should you look for in ideal care homes?

Ideal care homes take care of their residents – making them feel comfortable, secure, and happy.  Residents are given nutritious and visually-appealing meals.  They are given assistance with personal care matters – washing, bathing, and changing – without being made to feel embarrassed or inadequate.

Ideal care homes have care-givers who truly care – treating residents with respect and dignity.  Many of these carers have been with the homes for a substantial amount of time, displaying a deep love for the job and true concern for the residents’ welfare.

Residents who are still able to do things for themselves are encouraged to do so and are supported in their endeavours to become useful and independent. They are motivated to take care of themselves where possible, prompted to stay in touch with their friends and families outside the home, inspired to sustain meaningful and useful hobbies and interests.

These homes try to provide a happy and productive community of residents. There are various activities intended to promote leisure and social interaction amongst the residents. There are regular informal meetings anticipated to draw feed-back from the residents to help the home improve the quality of their services, as well as make the residents feel that their thoughts and feelings are of value to the care home.