About Nursing Homes

About Nursing Homes

Knowing about nursing homes is important, especially if you are a relative or representative of a person that requires the need of 24 hour care. Often people are put into a nursing home following a stay in hospital; this requires the need for a quick decision. Relatives faced with the decision of placing a loved one in care often have no prior experience about what to look for and choosing a home.

Nursing home benefits

The biggest benefit about nursing homes is obviously the care. Qualified nurses can provide care that residents need round the clock and for 365 day a year, this is something that cannot be done by relatives or friends at home.

Nurses can help with all of the needs of the resident whilst all the time promoting independence, help can be provided with:

  • Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Help with surgical and medical aids and equipment
  • Oral care
  • Bathing

Nurses are also encouraged to be friendly in interacting with residents and involve them in daily tasks including, gardening and helping at meal times. A big plus about nursing homes is the activities that cater to all residents in terms of interest and physical ability, staff can organise musical events, daily excursions into the community and arts and crafts sessions.

Other professionals frequently visit the homes to enhance the all -round level of care. Occupational therapists can help residents with disabilities both mental and physical to live in the home as independently as possible.

Speech and language therapists can help residents who suffer from problems with speech, language, communication and swallowing.  Therapists can help residents communicate with staff and other members of the home with the use of activities and exercises to improve communication.

Chiropodists visit homes regularly to take care or residents’ foot problems, which is extremely beneficial, especially to the elderly. Foot disorders and conditions can be treated as can the correct cutting of nails and general foot advice.


Knowing about nursing homes pricing will be important and you should be aware of funding that can be claimed on behalf of your relative or representative. If the person requiring care has a condition that means they must be cared for on a constant basis, such as dementia, there is funding available that can paying for nursing costs. Funding comes from the Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC) fund, this will paying for the work of a registered nurse during the resident`s time in care. Residents living costs will need to be paid for separately and the figure will be worked out on the residents’ savings. Those with higher thresholds of £23,000 or more will be required to pay their fees in full and those with lower limits of £14,000 or less will be entitled to help from the local authority that will make up the shortfall. The plus about nursing homes expenses in that all living costs are included in prices including:

  • Utility bills
  • Laundry All meals
  • Laundry
  • Activities
  • 24 hour care
  • Council Tax


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