We all need a little help from time to time. And while there are all sorts of options out there for retirement accommodation, it's important to make sure that you choose one that's right for you if you want to keep your independent lifestyle.
A care home is usually a communal residential centre, where staff can provide the residents with the personal care they need on a daily basis – such as helping them dress, wash and use the bathroom. Some care homes also offer nursing care, with medically trained staff to help those with greater needs.
In some ways, a care home and an Assisted Living development are similar. In both cases, you'll get:
- A secure home that's designed to make your day-to-day living easier.
- Shared areas, such as a communal lounge and a garden.
- A helpful team that's on-site 24 hours a day.
- A community of like-minded people nearby to mix and socialise with.
But despite these similarities, an Assisted Living development isn't a care home – and it might not be the right choice if you or a loved one need ongoing personal or medical care.
How is an Assisted Living development different?
The biggest difference is that an Assisted Living apartment is a self-contained property that you own. Many care homes simply rent out rooms to their residents, and you might even end up sharing a room with someone else.
With an Assisted Living property, you'll be a homeowner living in a luxury apartment that's been built with you in mind: switches, sockets and fittings at a convenient height, lever taps, and grab rails in the bathroom.
You'll have a landscaped garden and a guest suite for visitors, a table service restaurant that's open every day, and a spacious homeowners' lounge to meet with friends, family and neighbours whenever you want to.
The other main difference between a care home and our developments is the level of care that's available. A care home will usually provide an all-inclusive amount of personal care, and they might also offer nursing care, which isn't something we have in any of our developments.
An Assisted Living property comes with:
- An Estate Management team that's on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They're ready to help with all sorts of things, such as posting your parcels, collecting your prescriptions, or even delivering your meals if you're feeling unwell.
- One hour's help around the house each week as standard. That could mean help with the washing up, changing your bedding or doing the vacuuming – it's up to you to choose the kind of help you need.
- A 24-hour emergency call system, so there's someone ready to help, day or night.
- A flexible level of personal care and support. You can decide how much is right for you, and if your needs change, then so can your level of care – so you only pay for what you need, when you need it.
If you'd like to keep your independence as a homeowner, but still have a few friendly faces on hand in case you need them, take a look at some of our high-quality Assisted Living developments for sale today.