Who do the different types of care homes in Dorset cater for?

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2020

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Planning for a parent’s care isn’t something that comes naturally to many of us. It’s our parents who are supposed to take care of us, not the other way around.

Tilford Care Home - client and care worker in garden

So imagine finding yourself in the situation where you are suddenly having to think about residential care homes in Dorset, near to where you live. Your mother is in hospital, recovering from a fall at home (more than a hundred miles away) and the subsequent operation.

Then the doctor explains that she won’t be able to go home until she is medically fit to do so. Although your mother had been used to her independence, it feels to you like all her confidence has drained away overnight, and she seems much smaller and more frail.

In talking to her and the medical staff it becomes clear that your mother isn’t going to return home. Her first-floor flat, with no lift, isn’t the right place for her to recover. You need to look for an alternative.

The geographical distance between you is another problem. Before her fall you visited your mother once a month. Monthly visits wouldn’t be frequent enough now, and you’re an only child, which complicates things further. That realisation, coupled with the fact that you work full-time, and have young children, start you thinking about finding care for your mother closer to you in Dorset.

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Bringing your mother into your (often) chaotic home doesn’t seem like a good idea, so you research residential nursing homes in Dorchester, Dorset (the county town). A few key questions stand out:

  • What are the different types of care home in Dorset?
  • Where are care and nursing homes in Dorset?
  • What are the conditions covered?
  • How do you find a good care home?

What are the different types of care home in Dorset?

Basically, a ‘residential’ home can describe a care home or a nursing home. It’s where someone goes to live – they become a resident.

A ‘care’ home provides support that can be carried out by care staff. This kind of support includes helping residents get out of bed and get dressed, plus making sure they have enough to eat and drink.

A ‘nursing’ home is for more complex care. Its staff will include registered nurses, who can carry out tasks such as giving certain medicines.

Quality nursing homes and care homes in Dorset will all have an excellent professional care team, a comfortable, clean environment, nutritious food and engaging activities.

Where are care and nursing homes in Dorset?

Where you choose for a care or nursing home in Dorset will depend on personal preference – urban or countryside, as well as transport links.

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

The county of Dorset is diverse, with a rich selection of market towns (such as Dorchester, Weymouth and Swanage) and coastal villages, plus the conurbation of Bournemouth and Poole.

Each location will have something different to offer, as demonstrated by the variety of Agincare care and nursing homes in Dorset.

What are the conditions covered?

Perhaps you’re looking for support for a particular condition, such as dementia. There are many care and nursing homes in Dorset which will either cater for, or specialise in, dementia care.

In your mother’s case she needs somewhere that can offer reablement – literally getting her back on her feet after her fall.

How do you find a good care home in Dorset?

It can be a bit of a minefield when you’re starting from scratch. Obviously recommendations from friends and family can be helpful – they’ll give you an insight into the local care home ‘scene’.

But if you’re new to an area, and can’t see the wood for the trees, the Care Quality Commission can help. Its inspectors rate care and nursing homes, giving people like me an idea of the standard of care, facilities, staffing and management.

And ultimately, nothing can replace actually visiting a shortlist of local care homes to get a feel for whether your mother would be happy there. Apart from looking for a good standard of professional care, in clean and safe surroundings, everyone will have a slightly different checklist of priorities.

When you’ve finally made your decision, it will undoubtedly be reassuring to have your mother so close so you can visit often and easily. And you will have peace of mind that she’s supported, safe and happy.

For more information on Agincare’s residential care homes in Dorset, please call 0808 256 6038.


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