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Preventing social deprivation and isolation

26/0/2019

Domiciliary care involves providing support to those living in their own home. People receiving domiciliary care can get help with personal tasks like washing and dressing, as well as day-to-day household tasks, hospital visits and any other activity which supports independent living.

These services could be provided daily, usually for around two hours per day, or more frequently.

Residential nursing care, however, involves residing in a dedicated home that’s designed to meet every need of your loved one, day or night, as well as providing constant access to highly trained nursing staff and a range of specialist facilities and equipment.

Care homes are also externally regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission, who rate homes based on a range of criteria including safety and management.

It can be challenging to decide with your loved one which option will best suit their needs, and many people say they would generally prefer to remain in their home, but in the next two blog posts, we’ll be exploring the many benefits of nursing home care over domiciliary support.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to being in a residential nursing home is the social aspect. Even with visits from domiciliary carers for a few hours a day, the opportunities for socializing can be limited.

Remaining in your own home can seem comforting at first, but many people experience feelings of loneliness and isolation in this environment.

Recent research from Age UK found that over 2 million people aged over 75 in the UK live alone, and more than half of those say they regularly go over a month without speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour.

Last year, it was also reported that nearly half of over-65s consider the television their main form of company. The impact of loneliness can be significant, with the potential to lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which in turn can lead to physical health issues.

This is an area that nursing homes can provide unrivalled support with, and here at Maesbrook Care Home, promoting positive mental health is a critical part of what we do.

We support our residents by providing the right mix of inspiring activities, enjoyable interactions, varied entertainment, privacy when required and the ability to explore new hobbies - each of which play an important role in our residents’ mental wellbeing.

There are lots of communal spaces and shared activities designed to help residents enjoy daily interactions and form meaningful friendships, and we enable those more severely challenged to join in with these activities using special equipment to help prevent social deprivation and isolation.

Do read our next blog to find out about the many other benefits of residential nursing care over domiciliary care.

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