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What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a residential care facility that provides 24/7 support and care for individuals who require a higher level of assistance than can be safely managed at home. This care can include:

  • Medical care: Administering medication, managing chronic health conditions, and monitoring vital signs.
  • Assistance with daily living activities (ADLs): Dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, and mobility assistance.
  • Social and emotional support: Creating opportunities for interaction, companionship, and leisure activities.

Nursing homes are suitable for individuals who require ongoing medical care, significant assistance with daily living activities, or those living with dementia. This might include people with complex medical needs, limited mobility, or social isolation.

Finding the right nursing home in Plymouth

Choosing the right nursing home requires careful thought, and you will need to consider: 

  • Location: Consider how close the nursing home is to family and friends who may want to visit regularly.
  • Care services offered: Ensure the nursing home provides the specific level and type of care you or your loved one needs.
  • Cost: Nursing home fees can vary significantly. Understand the costs involved and explore funding options.
  • Amenities and activities: Consider the facilities offered, such as gardens, communal spaces, and organised activities, which contribute to overall well-being.
  • Residents' needs: Does the nursing home cater to a specific clientele or have a good mix of residents with varying needs?
  • Staffing levels and qualifications: Look for a nursing home with a good staff-to-resident ratio and qualified carers.
  • Inspections and reviews: Check the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports and read online reviews to gain insights into the quality of care provided.

View an A to Z Directory of nursing homes

Alternatively, please use the CQC website to search for a nursing home based on your specific requirements. 

Choosing a nursing home is a personal decision. Consider all the information above, discuss your needs and preferences with loved ones, and schedule visits to the shortlisted nursing homes.

Funding your stay in a nursing home

There are several ways to fund a stay in a nursing home:

  • Self-funding: You or your loved one can pay for the care privately.
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC): If you have complex and ongoing healthcare needs, you might be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding to cover your nursing home fees.
  • Local authority support: Depending on your financial situation, you may qualify for some financial assistance from your local authority towards your nursing home fees.

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