If you’re becoming forgetful, the structured routine of a care home can be a useful anchor.
Trained staff are always on hand to help you. They’re experts in caring for older people and they have experience looking after people’s individual needs and requirements.
Practicalities of living, such as meals, bills and housework, will all be taken care of for you.
If you need specific equipment, such as stairlifts or grab rails, the home will have these. They’re designed to be fully accessible.
It can be difficult for friends and family to care for you and they might not have the skills to do it. Trained staff in a care home would be able to give you the right kind of care, and this would also take the pressure off friends and family.
You’d be safe and secure, which could give you and your family peace of mind.
You’d have companionship and opportunities for social activities.
Drawbacks of residential care
You might need to sell or give away many belongings so that everything you own can fit into one room.
You might feel you’ve lost your independence and your privacy.
There may not be much choice in your area, so you could end up having to compromise. For example, you might want a home which accepts pets, but you may be unable to find one.
The ongoing cost of staying in a care home can be very high, although you may be eligible for funding from your local council. For more information, see our webpage Paying for care in a care home.