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CHAPTER 10


1. Is it the right time?


Many of us say we will never go to a care or nursing home, yet when the time comes, it can actually be the best option. So how can we know when that time is? Warning signs include trouble bathing, cleaning or walking, difficulty getting to the shops or the doctor’s, weight loss, forgetting to take medicine, or a loss of vision or hearing. If many of these signs appear together, it may no longer be appropriate for you or your loved one to live alone.


2. What type of support do I need?


There are many levels of care -- from home help, to a care home -- and it’s important to consider them all. There is also a wide variety of supported housing options, including retirement developments providing private apartments with shared facilities and a scheme manager, to Assisted Living Extra Care schemes, which are similar but have flexible care packages available.


As for care homes, there are two main types: residential and nursing. Residential services offer accommodation with personal care, which includes support with washing, dressing or using the loo as well as support to go about daily life as independently as possible. Nursing homes provide these but also offer support with medical conditions that require


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