Care homes across the UK offer a variety of different care services. Care homes can offer Residential Care or Nursing Care, while some offer both care options in the same setting. Both types of care offer around-the-clock support for older people, providing residents with as little or as much assistance as they need to complete everyday tasks and do the activities they love. Whether it is helping individuals with personal care, communication, or helping with their mobility, both Residential Care and Nursing Care can support this.
What is Residential Care?
Residential care refers to general care and support provided in a standard elderly care home and is designed for individuals who need low-level assistance with daily tasks, mobility assistance, medication management, or for those who would benefit greatly from companionship.
Sometimes referred to as "personal care", “Group Living Arrangement” and "assisted living", residential care provides plenty of social opportunities and some luxury care homes will have a variety of onsite facilities that residents can take advantage of.
Residential care homes are ideal for people with ‘low level’ care needs and residents are able to treat the setting as their home and live there without the stresses of daily household management, whilst also being reassured they have 24/7 support and access to a number of services available onsite.
What is Nursing Care?
Similar to residential care, nursing care supports residents with personal care in a group-living environment. Nursing care also offers 24-hour support but includes medical care as well as assisting with personal living needs. This type of care is utilised by those who need intensive rehabilitative care (following a stroke for example), those who require peg feeding, those with physical disabilities, and those with long-term health conditions.
This type of care is provided by Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners within the home who have the experience and qualifications to take on a host of responsibilities, including administering medication, contributing to a resident's plan of care and collaborating with other medical professionals.
Residents receiving nursing care can also experience the benefits of group living as care homes will provide the support needed to move around the home and accessible activities are also provided to ensure a varied daily lifestyle.
The difference between Residential & Nursing Care
Both types of care support residents in a homely, live-in accommodation where qualified staff are available 24-7 to provide everyday support. Nursing care equally supports residents, however with additional care from a nursing team. Both types of residents receive a care plan created to meet their individual needs, however, with nursing care, Registered Nurses devise and monitor medical care plans, and provide and administer treatment and care for individuals no matter their medical condition.
24/7 Health & Wellbeing Care
Covered by both Residential and Nursing Care, residents are cared for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With Nurse Call points located in every bedroom and throughout the home, nurses and care assistants can be called upon any time they are needed, day or night.
Personalised Care Plans
It is important residents are cared for as a whole. Received by both residential and nursing care residents, care plans are put together by care homes to ensure comprehensive support is provided and residents receive care from a medical, personal, and well-being perspective.
Residential and nursing residents both receive help with medication management, however highly skilled nurses work around-the-clock to take over the responsibility of medication management for all residents receiving nursing care, as a more complex medication plan and process may be required.
Wide Scope of Practice
Due to the complex needs of those needing nursing care, the scope of practice undertaken by skilled staff in a care home allows them to offer a range of care services to residents. As well as offering residential care and/or nursing care, some homes will provide a variety of care such as Dementia Care and Respite Care.
What is the best type of home for me?
Although there are many different types of care homes, not all offer the same services and facilities. It’s important to consider all aspects of lifestyle and care within a care home before making the final decision to move in.
If looking for shared living accommodation where you can socialise and receive support as and when you need it and enjoy on-site activities, a residential care home would suit your needs. Should you or a loved one require a higher level of medical support and attention from medical professionals, then a nursing home or residential care home that provides nursing care could be the best option.
Taking the step to look into care homes either for yourself or a loved one is a very big step, and should not be taken lightly. We understand that it’s a difficult time to navigate, and it’s hard to know where or who to turn to.
Upon admission to any home, a prior personal assessment helps to establish a care plan that decides what level of medical care or personal care is best for the individual and ensures the home can meet their individual requirements. A tour of a care home can also be offered and this helps to ensure that individuals will feel comfortable and at home in their new surroundings.
Care at Rubislaw Park Care Home
At Rubislaw Park Care Home, we provide both Residential Care and Nursing Care, as well as Dementia Care and Respite Care. Situated in the desirable location of the West End of Aberdeen, Rubislaw Park Care Home is a well-established home run by long-term management with an exceptional team. We are set within two acres of a truly unique environment that is filled with wildlife such as deer and owls.
We understand that making the decision to move into a care or nursing home can be extremely difficult. At Rubislaw Park Care Home, we take a person-centred approach to everything we do and we assure you that our dedicated and compassionate teams want to make the transition as stress-free as possible.
As we provide nursing care those who receive residential care also benefit from having a nursing team available around-the-clock, should their care needs change. This also ensures a continuum of care, so no matter what support our residents need, they can continue to be cared for in the same setting, without the stress of moving. Both residential and nursing residents receive high-quality care from a dedicated team, facilities that allow them to thrive, and an accessible activities programme that ensures no two days are the same.
Our around-the-clock care means that we really get to know our residents, ensuring we can provide the best individualised care for everyone. Providing care with a person-centred approach means we regularly consult with residents and tier relatives to find out what they enjoy and would like to try, while always keeping any care requirements an ongoing priority.
“This care home is very well run - most impressive. It is extremely clean and the staff are just excellent. So very kind to my mum. I'm also very impressed by the activities that the home do. It's inspirational! Lovely atmosphere within the home. I'm very happy with the care my mum receives. Rubislaw Park deserves five stars in my opinion!”
Our dedicated staff go above and beyond to care for all residents and are led by Home Manager Gayle Bain who recently was awarded ‘Home Manager of The Year'.
Here to Support You
Understanding the differences between a residential care home and a nursing home and recognising what care is required for yourself or a loved one can be confusing. Our compassionate staff is on hand to offer advice and support to not only our existing residents and their relatives but to prospective residents and their loved ones too. We’re here to provide guidance and support in determining the best course of action for you.
We welcome you to get in touch with any questions you have regarding our care services.