Thinking about care home options

| Saturday, September 10, 2011
By Joe Russell

There will come a time in all of our lives when we will start to struggle to continue to complete our normal everyday chores and we might need to get help from others - often in a care home.

As you head further into retirement age, you need to think about ways in which you can make life easier for yourself and this will often be to transfer to retirement housing, which can provide you with extra support.

Retirement homes are designed for those who like to live independently, but simply need assistance with a few aspects of their life, such as getting dressed or preparing meals. They can also be very good places to go if someone has started to suffer from memory loss or confusion.

One type of retirement housing to consider is sheltered housing. This will often have communal areas, but will also allow residents to live independently, with their own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge. The home is often fitted with safety features such as an emergency pull cord and there will often be a resident manager, who will be able to offer help when needed.

The other type of retirement home is the assisted living care home. These types of care homes are within the grounds of a care home and this means that the people that live here can make use of the facilities in the care home whenever they wish. In this way, residents can continue to be independent, but they can also have people around them to help if it is needed. These homes will usually be fitted with an emergency pull cord too.

It's important to consider the level of care needed before you make a decision about the retirement property you are going to choose.

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