Retirement Village or Residential Care? Making the Right Choice

As people age,  their needs and ability to care for themselves change. It is difficult to accept that we,  or a close family member is no longer be able to remain in our own home but it is a decision that most of us will have to make at some stage. The good news is that there are excellent options available. Two of the most common are downsizing to a retirement village or moving into a care home.

Talking to your friends and family will help you make an informed choice and find the best solution for you. Take account of the fact that you may need extra assistance as time goes on. What do you need to keep your life stress-free without limiting the chance to try new experiences and interact with other like-minded people?

If you are in reasonably good health but your present property is too large or it has too many stairs, you want a little help with some daily chores or you recognise that this might soon become the case, an independent living accommodation such as The Vale is an ideal choice.

You can rent or buy your own luxurious apartment in which you can feel safe, secure and have familiar, cherished items around you without having to worry about maintenance responsibilities or safety risks. It is all taken care of.

Weekly help with some households chores, should you need it, is included as part of your package and this can be increased, if and when you require it. You will find comfort in living in a like-minded community and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the right level of help and support is on hand. If you need assistance with personal care – or even, at a later stage, some nursing care input, in the confines of your own home; then this can be arranged.

Perhaps you or your relative are becoming frail, less mobile, experiencing frequent falls or your mental health/memory are deteriorating. A greater level of care may be required in which case moving to a residential care home may be the best option.

At the Chiswick Nursing Centre our highly skilled nursing and care team can assist with personal care such as bathing and dressing as well as attend to any medical needs. Delicious and nutritiously balanced meals are provided and there are daily, inspiring activities for both body and mind.

Perhaps you or your close family member are recovering from an operation or other hospital stay. A brief spell of convalescence or respite may be the best option here. Our nursing team and in-house physiotherapists are well qualified to aid rehabilitation and get patients as mobile as possible to return to their ‘normal’ lives.

Whichever residential option you are considering, do take time to speak to a member of staff about what is available and do visit when circumstances allow. For information on either The Vale or The Chiswick Nursing Centre, please call 07568 106258.

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