Nursing homes provide accommodation, meals and personal care, but also have qualified nurses in constant attendance. Many also provide more specialist dementia care. A nursing home will generally charge higher fees than a residential home because it offers care by qualified nurses, higher staff to resident ratios, has more facilities, although the NHS now makes a contribution to nursing care fees.
Residential homes provide accommodation, meals and personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing, for those who are finding it difficult to cope at home, or who need more help than their carers are able to provide. They do not generally provide nursing care for any medical conditions you may have.
Dual Registered Homes
These offer both residential and nursing care. They may be the right choice if you think the level of care you need may change in the future, or for couples who need different levels of care. Dual registered homes will normally be registered for specific numbers of nursing beds and residential beds, and availability will depend upon the home's assessment of your needs and the availability of an appropriate bed.
Elderly Mentally Infirm
The most common mental infirmities in older people are dementia-related conditions, such as Alzheimer's Disease. Depending on the level of dementia, care may be available in residential or nursing homes. There are also specialist units offering nursing or residential care with experienced staff and adapted facilities. Discuss your needs with your local home in the first instance, who can give you advice and arrange an assessment if necessary.