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Care Home vs Home Care

care home vs home care

Moving into a care setting can be a challenging time for families. Below is a list of the differences of moving into a Care Home over choosing Home Care.


 Care and Wellbeing

Care Home

  • 24/7 access to staff
  • Develop relationships with carers 
  • Nursing and dementia care available
  • Quality end-of-life care
  • Assistance scheduling and attending appointments

Home Care

  • Carers may change across shifts
  • End-of-life care may require a hospital or hospice move at additional cost
  • Family helps schedule and attend appointments

 Environment

Care Home

  • Gracewell located near amenities and transport
  • Safe, caring, and stimulating community for residents
  • Visits from family and friends are always welcome

Home Care

  • Reliance on family to access local services
  • Additional support aids to ensure safety often required
  • Limited companionship from daily visitor or live-in carer

 Food & Nutrition

Care Home

  • Dining options from award-winning chefs
  • Nutritional programme overseen by a qualified nutritionist
  • Cafes offer snacks around the clock

Home Care

  • Senior must cook meals or arrange for services

activities Activities & Leisure

Care Home

  • Daily programs organised by trained staff
  • Activities focused on mind, body, and spirit

Home Care

  • Isolation common due to time alone

 Cost

Care Home

  • Clear and reviewed regularly
  • Includes meals, laundry, housekeeping, and activities

Home Care

  • Additional services may have hidden charges and fees
  • Cost can be higher than residential community living

For more details, download and review our comparison chart.

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Access to our homes: latest information

We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, following public health advice. We've a detailed set of criteria to inform when an individual home can be reopened safely to limited visiting either by families of existing residents or by potential new residents who may want to view one of our homes. The majority of our homes are open for admissions.

As part of our approach to reopening for visitors, we'll be operating in a very different way. To minimise the risk of infection we've produced a safety guide. We'll continue to follow public health advice to determine when visits will return to normal and will continue to do our best to support residents to keep in touch with loved ones.

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