If someone close to you is living with a disability, illness or age-related issues, you may be wondering what route to take when it comes to care. There are lots of different options available but if your loved one requires a high level of care, you may want to consider supported living or residential care.
In this article we will explore the differences between supported living and residential care and help you decide which one would be more suitable for your loved one’s individual needs.
Supported living is ideal for people who are living with a disability or illness but are able to live independently and can manage most daily tasks by themselves, despite still needing regular care. These daily tasks might include:
For a person living with an illness or disability, supported living comes with many benefits to add value to their life such as:
Residential care (also known as a “care home”) is for those who require round-the-clock care to manage their illness or disability and cannot complete daily tasks without assistance. The level of care that people in residential homes require means that they cannot live independently and so a residential home feels safe, reassuring and meets their every need.
When a loved one reaches a stage where they require 24/7 care it can be a worrying time. We are here to make the transition into residential care as seamless and stress-free as possible so that you and your loved one can enjoy the benefits that it brings. These include but are not limited to:
The main difference between supported living and residential care is the level of care provided. If your loved one is able to live independently and would like to continue to do so despite requiring a moderate level of care, then supported living would be perfect.
However, if they require round-the-clock care and are unable to complete daily tasks for themselves then you may want to consider a residential home.
To help you decide if supported living is right for your family member, we have compiled a list of questions for you to consider:
If you have answered yes to the majority of these questions then we would love to have a chat with you about our supported living services. We own and operate several supported living homes across Essex and currently have availability at two off-site supported living premises in Colchester, and an off-site 4-bedroom bungalow and on-site annex in Braintree.
If you are wondering if residential care would provide the right level of care for your loved one, here are some helpful questions to assist you:
If you have answered yes to most of these questions, please get in touch with us to discuss our care home services. We currently have residential care homes in four locations around Essex including Colchester, Braintree, Alresford and Walton-on-the-Naze.