There are many care homes around the UK that have been purposefully built for older people who have different care needs. Each care home specialises in different types of care and offers specific facilities, so it’s important when researching for yourself or a loved one that you understand if a care home can offer the right type of care. Some care homes are all-inclusive which can include both long-term and short-term care. This generally means that all facilities, services and excursions are included in the total weekly fees that their residents pay,
All-inclusive care homes mean that the fee that residents pay will have all of their activities, meals and facilities included with no hidden fees. As well as this, individuals can utilise the laundry and housekeeping services so that they can make the most of their day without worrying about carrying out their own chores. Ukcareguide.co.uk states that all of this is usually included in the fees, however the specific cost of an individual's care will depend on certain factors such as the care home location, the type of care needed and more. Each individual would receive a personal needs assessment before moving into the home to see if there are eligible for funding available which they can apply for when deciding to reside in a care home.
It has become apparent to everybody living in the UK that during the cost of living crisis, inflation has skyrocketed to a level we once didn’t believe imaginable. This means that the current upkeep and energy bills of homes is rising on a daily basis. All-inclusive care homes take this stress away and support elderly people during this time, providing them nutritious meals, keeping them warm during the cold months whilst providing them with a range of facilities and activities to fill their time.
Each resident will receive a care needs assessment before moving into a care home, so the team can put together a tailored care plan for each person whilst collaborating with their loved ones to ensure all wishes are addressed. Most all-inclusive homes adopt a person-centred approach to care and the tailored plans help them cater to each of their residents’ health and well-being needs.
Sometimes there is confusion when understanding what is included in care home fees, so we have collaborated a list of the most common features to expect an all-inclusive care home to offer you:
No two care homes are the same in their amenities or their care approach, which is why it is important to visit these facilities to see how it makes you feel as well as your loved one. Whilst there are differences, there are also some similarities in what you could expect to see, these include:
All meals, drinks and snacks should be included in the weekly care home fee at an all-inclusive care home. Residents can expect a menu that contains a variety of nutritional items for them to enjoy for all 3 meals of the day, with the kitchen staff taking into consideration any requirements or preferences residents have to ensure their menu is the best it can possibly be.
Having multiple areas to enjoy mealtimes is also something to expect from an all-inclusive care home. Whether it be the communal dining room, private dining room, residents’ bedrooms or outdoor areas, most care homes are flexible on where their residents can enjoy their meals as it means they can be in maximum comfort at all times.
Whilst there are some factors that you can expect to be different between care homes, the around-the-clock care is one thing that does not differ. Residents can expect to receive care at any time of the day, no matter the reason. Tailored care plans will enable care staff to be prepared to provide person-centred care, whether it be for physical, mental or emotional support.
Moving into a care facility can be a difficult and uncertain time for individuals, so the staff at a care home are on hand to guide them through this journey, offering support whenever it is needed. The friendly and passionate staff at the care home will be a huge part of your experience, from the moment you walk in, ensuring you are comfortable and happy.
In order to create a more homely feel for the residents, most care homes will offer a range of facilities for them to use on a regular basis, at no extra cost. This gives residents opportunities to socialise, learn new skills and develop their interests, while all house chores are taken care of. Some examples of facilities that care homes may offer could include a cinema room, fine dining, outdoor areas and an activities programme. Each of these facilities would have a positive impact on both the physical and mental health of residents, whilst also improving factors such as cognitive functions, mobility and more.
As part of the facilities within an all-inclusive care home, trips out of the home would also be an expectation. Day trips or attending local events is a common practice in a lot of care homes, as they value their part in the local community and also understand the benefits of allowing residents to mingle with different types of people. Trips out to local eateries are also normally included in care home fees and is a brilliant idea of something different for residents to do.
No matter what a person’s individual needs are, there will always be a team of care professionals including registered nurses, on hand at a care home to deliver medical care to residents, whether they are receiving residential, dementia, nursing or respite care. There are some private care homes that would also offer additional medical services including local GP access, optician services and a dentist at no extra cost, however, some do charge for these extra services. Residents will always be notified if they are required to pay an extra fee for external medical services.
At White House Care Home, we offer an all-inclusive way of life with comprehensive care options on a 24-hour basis. We are a newly refurbished care home located in Letchworth in the north of Hertfordshire and our mission is to improve the quality of life for our residents on a day-to-day basis. We offer first-class amenities such as a hair salon, an arts & crafts programme, a cafe and more for our residents to enjoy on a regular basis for a fulfilling way of life. This is what else you can expect when staying with us at White House:
We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the care and facilities we provide at White House Care Home. Please get in contact with us by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01462 533777. Alternatively, you can complete our Enquiry Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.