Do you need a nursing home in Cornwall?
Tuesday 24th December, 2013
In Cornwall, the Council provide upon request a useful guide called Care Choices which explains the different types of home and lists all of the care and nursing homes in Cornwall under each category, as follows:
Care Homes (personal care only)
Like Crantock Lodge care home, these are the ‘entry level’ of secure homes for elderly people who are still fairly mobile. Residents will get assistance with basic everyday care, such as getting dressed, taking a bath, going to the toilet and getting in and out of bed. Meals are provided and there is help with taking medication or providing simple treatments. Of course at Crantock Lodge we do much more than that but it’s the minimum you should expect.
Care Homes with Nursing or Nursing Homes
On top of providing for personal care needs, nursing homes, as the name suggests, have qualified nursing staff on hand to cater for more complex health needs as diagnosed by a doctor. This includes when people need special lifting equipment to help them get about or sometimes, people just need nursing care for a short time to help with rehabilitation if they are unwell.
Specialist care homes / dementia care
As well as care and nursing homes, there are specialist homes to cater for patients with advanced dementia and other advanced care needs. Again, these are all explained in Cornwall Council’s Care Choices guide (or visit carechoices.co.uk). Another good website is carehome.co.uk
Getting your needs assessed
At first, it can be difficult at first to know which type of care home you’re looking for, and it’s really only when the prospective resident’s individual care needs are properly assessed that you’ll know for sure. At Crantock Lodge we’re very happy to discuss each individual’s circumstances, and we also take into account our experience that when new people join us their health generally improves.
A big part of our reason for not becoming a designated nursing home is that our residents don’t want us to!It means bringing more ‘medicalised’ heavy lifting equipment into our home and our residents tell us they want our home to stay as much like their real homes as possible!
The Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects all care and nursing homes and issues a report that indicates if the home meets their required standards. You should read the most recent report issued by CQC on any home that you are considering.
If CQC are unhappy with any aspect, it will provide details. Should your prospective home have any issues highlighted by the CQC report you should ask the Registered Manager or Provider for an explanation and ask to see their Action Plan, which should specify the actions they are taking to resolve the issues. This is particularly important if any safeguarding issues have been raised in the CQC report.
Please feel free to call us on 01637 872112 if you need advice on which type of care or nursing home you might need, we’re happy to help.