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What is the difference between nursing and residential care?

Residential Care

Looking for the right type of care for yourself or a loved one can be a difficult and stressful time. At Lovett Care, our focus is to make the transition to a care home seamless, ensuring you are well-informed at each step of the way.

Across our care homes, we provide nursing and residential care to residents. Both of these types of care are delivered in a person-centred way, in line with each individual residents care plan, preferences and needs. Our mission is to help residents live fulfilled, happy lives with the help of high-quality care, regardless of age or health condition.

In this article, we’ll look at the key differences between nursing care and residential care. We’ll also look at a number of key factors to consider when deciding on a care home, either for yourself, a family member or loved one.


What is the difference between nursing and residential care?

What Is Residential Care?

Residential care homes are locations which provide live-in, catered accommodation to residents on a permanent basis, with care delivered 24 hours a day by qualified care assistants, in line with the needs of each individual. Examples of the type of care provided in a residential care home include personal care (such as washing, dressing and toileting), help at mealtimes, and emotional support – to name a few! Residential homes also arrange daily activities for residents to take part in to create an engaged and enjoyable social environment.

What Is Nursing Care?

Nursing care is almost always delivered alongside residential care in care home settings. This type of care is provided to residents with complex care needs, who would benefit from input and supervision from a registered nurse. In a nursing care home, care plans are monitored closely by nurses and, when required, treatments and medical interventions can be administered within the building by nurses.

Choosing The Right Care

Choosing the right type of care home for yourself or a loved one is so important. This doesn’t just mean the type of care, but the location, staff, facilities and more.

For individuals with specialist medical needs, a nursing care home is the best choice as it will ensure that qualified medical professionals are on hand to provide the right support at the point of need. For individuals who don’t necessarily have a medical condition which requires supervision but who may benefit from the companionship and care support that comes from moving to a care home, residential care is the best choice.

At Lovett Care, we provide a range of care services across our care homes in Staffordshire, Cheshire and the North West. This includes residential care, nursing care, palliative care, respite care, and specialist dementia care. If you would like any help and support in finding the right care home for yourself or a loved one, please contact us. Our friendly team are on hand to support you to make the right choice. Simply contact our head office today to speak to us and start exploring care services from Lovett Care today.

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