Moving into a care home is a big decision for anybody. There are also many misconceptions about care homes and the process of moving into one.
Be reassured – care homes aren’t so different from home. Many are full of like-minded individuals enjoying life free from worrying about the more stressful aspects of day-to-day life.
Here are some common concerns about moving into care homes and the truths behind the myths.
Will I have to give up my independence?
Moving into a care home means losing your independence and autonomy over your life.
Moving into a care home does not mean losing your freedom or your independence. On the contrary, care homes provide a safe and supportive environment – and you don’t lose the ability to do anything.
Staff are on hand to help with day-to-day tasks as required, but you’re free to do everything you did before you moved into the home. You can go for walks, get fresh air, see family and friends and go out for the day as you did before you moved into the home.
Will I be able to maintain contact with family and friends?
Moving into a care home means isolating yourself from family and friends.
Being in a care home doesn’t mean you won’t see family or friends. Visitors are welcome as often as they like, and you’re free to go and visit loved ones too.
Care homes are full of residents looking to make lifelong friends. In fact, many people find that care homes reinvigorate their social lives rather than take them away.
Care homes also provide regular social events and activities, which are great opportunities to meet new people and try new things.
If you have hobbies you’re passionate about already, you’ll be able to practice those still.
Fear of the unknown
Care homes are an unfamiliar environment that is totally different from home.
Care homes are designed to be warm and homely. Of course, this varies from home to home, so finding a home you like is essential.
The staff are a big part of this too – they’ll help make the environment as comfortable and familiar as possible.
You’ll be able to bring home comforts with you, such as furnishings and family photos, to make it feel even more like home.
Relying on others or becoming a burden
Moving to a care home means you must rely on others or burden your loved ones.
Care homes improve daily quality of life – they should be viewed as an opportunity for you to focus on what they enjoy. Your loved ones will have peace of mind that you’re safe and well cared for.
Through receiving support for some of the more challenging and menial aspects of life, residents are able to spend more time doing what they love. Carers who work in care homes love their job and relish the rewarding nature of their role.
Care workers really care about the residents and love working in care. Care homes are about coming together to focus on the enjoyable aspects of life in a safe and supportive environment.
The Wiltshire Care Partnership believes that care is rewarding for all involved. Contact us to learn more about what we do and to begin a career in care.