Home care or care home: How do I choose the best care option for myself or my loved one?

Are you or your loved one looking at care options and wondering if a care home or home care would be best? What does each service provide and how best does it match your needs? At Good Oaks Home Care, we tailor our care around you, and we believe in helping everyone make the best and most informed choice for their own care. You and your loved ones should be able to weigh up all the options and find the best one for you. Here we have put together a quick guide to help you see what options are available so you can make the most informed choice that works for you.


What is home care? And how is it different from a care home?

Home care is where you or your loved one receives care from qualified carers in your own home. A care home is where residents live in an allocated home and they receive care in there from qualified carers. A care home has a number of residents, each person moves into their own room, and they are cared for within the care home.

What are the benefits of home care?

  • The main benefit of home care is that you or your loved one gets to stay in the comfort of their own home. Many people have spent years in their homes, they feel comfortable, know where everything is, and they feel safe and secure.
  • Home care allows people to live as independently as possible and to stay in their own home for as long as they are able to.
  • Home care can be provided in two ways; either through visiting care, where a carer visits a few times a week or every day to help with tasks such as personal care, cooking, cleaning and assisting with medication.
  • The second option is live-in care; this provides the same benefits as visiting care, but carers can also stay overnight to assist at any time.
  • Home care can also provide companionship and support for people living alone and help people to regain their independence after a stay in hospital.


What are the benefits of a care home?

Care homes provide around the clock intensive care for those who need it. As you or your loved one will be living in the care home, there is also an added layer of security as the staff will be on hand to meet and greet any visitors.


Which option is best and how can I get more information?

Ultimately both choices are good choices, but which is the best for you or your loved one depends on the level of support needed, the finances available and whether you wish to leave your home etc. There is no right or wrong answer, everyone’s care needs are different and there are benefits and considerations for each form of care.

At Good Oaks Home Care, we offer both visiting and live-in care to:

  • Help people with their morning routine
  • Prepare meals
  • Administer medication for people who can forget or have an impairment
  • Provide companionship and support for people living alone
  • Help people to regain their independence after a stay in hospital (Reablement)
  • Provide personal care
  • Help people visit the shops, attend doctor’s appointments or meet friends
  • Provide respite care
  • Help with cooking, cleaning, gardening, laundry and other household tasks.

We offer a free discovery call, where we can talk about the services we can offer and how we can help. You can contact us via 01202 757787 or on email info@goodoakshomecare.co.uk


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