retirement living at McCarthy Stone

What is a Care Home?

Sometimes it’s good to know you have support

We all need a little help from time to time. While there are all sorts of retirement accommodation options out there, it's important that you choose the option that's right for you. Prospective residents often ask us questions like ‘what is a care home?’ and ‘how is a McCarthy Stone property different?’ To help you make an informed decision about which type of property is right for you, we’ve put together this guide. 

What is a Care Home?

A care home in the UK 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 a Retirement Living PLUS 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 landscaped 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, a Retirement Living PLUS 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 a Retirement Living PLUS Development Different from a Care Home?

The biggest difference is that a Retirement Living PLUS apartment is a self-contained property that you can own, rent or Part Buy Part Rent. By contrast, many care homes simply rent out rooms to their residents, and you might even end up sharing a room with someone else.

With a Retirement Living PLUS property, you live in a luxury apartment that's been built with you in mind. So expect special touches like switches, sockets and fittings at a convenient height, lever taps, and grab rails in the bathroom.

You'll also have a landscaped garden, 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 UK 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.

Instead, a Retirement Living PLUS 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 of 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, but still have a few friendly faces on hand in case you need them, take a look at some of our high-quality Retirement Living PLUS developments for sale today.