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Care homes staff work round-the-clock to help support people who live permanently within a residential facility. They rely heavily on volunteer workers to perform a range of duties, from administrative work to helping support patients. Workers will also give advice to the family of the patient to ensure them that their relative is being properly cared for. Workers and volunteers must have a wealth of knowledge in healthcare and services and ensure that those in the care home are not only given physical care, but also company and support.
There are a range of different types of care homes:
Care homes for older people may provide personal care or nursing care. A care home which is registered to provide personal care will offer support and ensure that basic personal needs are met, such as bathing, administering medication, providing meals etc. In some homes, residents will have greater independence and look after themselves with assistance on stand-by for when it's needed. Homes that offer medical care are more commonly referred to as nursing homes.
Adults ages 18-65
A number of care homes will also provide care and support for younger adults who may have physical or learning disabilities, brain injuries, mental health problems or progressive neurological conditions. Some care homes will have expertise in dealing with adults with alcohol or drug dependency and provide temporary care until the adult is able to live independently.
Children and adolescents
Some homes provide residential care for children for a variety of reasons, such as emotional problems or physical or learning disabilities.