What is a Care Home?

A care home is an accommodation option for someone who has personal care needs that mean living alone or in sheltered housing is no longer suitable. Staffed 24 hours a day, care homes offer accommodation as well as help with personal care such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet. Some care homes also offer nursing care – these are often referred to as nursing homes – for those with greater care needs.

Care homes come in a variety of sizes, but they typically offer individual bedrooms (sometimes shared rooms) for residents, as well as shared areas such as a TV or social room and a garden. Bathrooms may be shared or ensuite. Meals are provided and the home may organise social activities, outings and events for residents to enjoy.

Obviously deciding to move to a care home is a big decision, both for the potential resident and their family, and needs to be considered carefully to ensure that it’s the right option.

What is the difference between Care Homes and Retirement Living PLUS?

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living PLUS apartments are not Care Homes. Care homes typically offer single room accommodation, whereas choosing McCarthy and Stone Assisted Living means you own your own private apartment. To ensure that the accommodation needs of residents are met, these apartments have been specially adapted to include waist height ovens and plug sockets, and slip resistant flooring and lever taps in the bathrooms. In addition, there are shared areas, including a homeowners’ lounge, function room and maintained gardens. As well as the kitchen facilities in the apartments, residents will also have a table service or bistro style restaurant available for use at a small extra charge. This can be used by visiting guests and relatives.

In McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living PLUS complexes you’ll find guest suites* which can be used for overnight stays – so visiting loved ones can be accommodated in comfort.

In terms of care, McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living PLUS homeowners have one hour of domestic assistance per week included in the service charge. This can be used for cleaning, running errands, helping to care for pets, changing bedding and so on. For residents with greater personal care needs, additional care and support is available to purchase from our in-house staff teams, meaning that you only pay for the care that you need.

By contrast, care homes are usually inclusive of personal care. McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living PLUS do not offer nursing care and wouldn’t be suitable for someone with medical care needs. Those without personal care needs could consider McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living apartments.

A clear difference between care homes and McCarthy and Stone apartments is that the apartments are available for purchase, meaning that your beautiful new home really is yours.

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