What is Residential Care?

Residential care is care provided in a home for people who struggle to live independently and need additional support but aren’t yet in need of nursing care.

Residential care homes provide living accommodation, usually in an en suite room with meals in a dining area and help with personal care, such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet.

By its very nature, life in a residential care home is usually more varied and active than in a nursing home. Staff are on hand to care for the residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although in residential care homes this won’t include nursing care.

So if the person you’re caring for currently needs personal care, but has an illness or disability that may require nursing care in the near future, consider a care home that offers both types of care. In this way, you can ‘upgrade’ your loved one’s care plan if their needs change without having to move them again.

Conversely, you might think that sheltered housing will provide much of the support that they need, and in a more informal setting.