Care home or home care?

A care home and home care both provide professional support for those who require extra assistance as they age. But which option is best for you or your loved one? In this blog post, we provide helpful information on care homes and home care in Manchester so that you can make an informed decision for your family. 

Benefits of home care

Home care is a surprisingly cost-effective alternative to a traditional care home. It provides personalised support in the comfort of your own home. One of the main benefits of home care is that there’s no need for a person to uproot their life and go through the ordeal of changing environments. Instead, they get to remain in the place they feel most safe and comfortable, surrounded by memories, family and pets. For people with dementia, this can be extremely beneficial as a change in routine or environment can be unsettling. 

In addition, home care can be tailored to meet your or your loved one’s unique needs. The ability and flexibility to provide personalised care better supports independence and wellbeing. It’s also easier to develop a strong and trusting relationship with your individual carer as opposed to having a larger care team which might change regularly. Whether your carer helps around the house, prepares meals or is simply there to enjoy a nice conversation over a cup of tea together, companionship is a key part of providing good care and an essential part of our home care service. 

Finally, compared to residential care, home care offers a far greater degree of flexibility as visits and routines can be arranged according to your schedule. 

Home care drawbacks

One of the drawbacks of home care is the challenge of finding a carer that matches well with you or your family. When looking for a carer, it’s important to consider the type of care needed, the transparency of the company and the compatibility of the carer. With over ten years in the care industry, we’re committed to building long-lasting relationships and caring for your family members as though they were our own. 

Benefits of a care home

A care home can provide round-the-clock support and can be a great choice for people who require constant care. People with long-term physical and mental health problems may benefit from the fact that staff are always on hand. Unlike home care, care homes do not necessarily provide one-to-one companionship from a carer, however, there are sure to be other residents to befriend or activities to participate in. 

Care home drawbacks

One of the main drawbacks of a care home is that your loved one must move to an unfamiliar environment which, for many, can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. An additional issue is that care is not personalised to meet an individual’s specific needs. To ensure the safety of all residents, there is also less flexibility surrounding visiting hours, meal times and pets. 

Making your decision

We understand that deciding whether a care home or home care is right for your family is a big decision. We hope that the information provided in this blog post has given you a better understanding of each so that you can choose the option that best supports your or your loved one’s health, wellbeing and happiness. 

Get in touch 

If you would like to learn more about our home care services, please feel free to contact us or call us on 0161 929 6039. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information on how we can help.