Nursing Homes Care

Nursing Homes Care

Nursing homes care for people that are not in need of full time hospital care but also cannot be cared for at home or by friends or relatives. They offer a great place for people from all walks of life to live in a homely, neighbourhood environment and interact with staff and other residents in a social manner on a day to day basis. Socialising can be done whilst still receiving all levels of care that is needed 24 hours a day.

Who is cared for?

Nursing homes care for patients with many different situations; all nurses working in homes have to be fully qualified and skilled to carry out care and treatment. Care is provided for both young and old with any number of problems

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which mean they are unable to care for themselves; this could be through accident, injury, illness or disability. Typical nursing homes care for the elderly and those suffering from memory loss issues such as Dementia and Alzheimer`s, but there are many other conditions that can be cared for:

  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Autism and Asperger`s
  • Huntington`s disease
  • Mental health issues
  • Minimally conscious/ Ventilator care
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neurone disease
  • Young onset Dementia
  • Parkinson`s disease

As-well as being cared for 24/7 residents can receive help with other aspects such as rehabilitation and help with communication, speech and language. This is carried out with the help of onsite occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.

What kind of care is carried out?

The residents nursing homes care for are in the home for different reasons, so therefore care is catered to each patient individually, nurses help residents with day to day activities as-well as providing treatment and medication. Day to day activities would include:

  • Continence care- Nurses will help residents will toileting and skin care along doing necessary laundry and changing of bedding
  • Personal Hygiene- Tasks will include daily washing and bathing, shaving, grooming, oral care such as brushing of teeth and finger and toe nail care.
  • Personal assistance- help with tasks such as getting dressed, getting in to and out of bed, help with manual and mechanical aids such as walking devices and help with surgical appliances.
  • Support and counselling- Help with support and counselling includes psychological support, reminding devices and the counselling of behaviour management
  • Food and diet- Help is provided with the preparation of residents food suited to the individual’s requirements, assistance in eating and making sure dietary needs are being fulfilled.

Care is offered to patients on a temporary or permanent basis, this will be outlined by the patient’s representative.  A lot of nursing homes have residents partake in daytime activities; this can be so that the individual maintains or improves a sense of independent living and improved life skills. These activities can be beneficial for people who would like a break from carers or a change of scenery and people and people who are in the home on an interim basis when a carer is away.

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