4 Alternatives to Nursing Home Care

It can often be difficult to make the decision to move into a nursing care home. However, sometimes changes that come with age result in independent living no longer being a viable option. These can include everything from reduced mobility or health, which makes daily tasks harder to complete, to the rising cost of living.

While everyone at Melrose Care Home ensures the highest possible level of service, which includes protecting both your privacy and dignity, some people will always prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. If you are considering various care options, whether it is for yourself or a loved one, then here are just some of the choices that make a great alternative to nursing home care.

Opt For Domiciliary Care Services

If you do want to stay in your own home but require ongoing care, then we think our domiciliary care services might just be the answer you are looking for.

We have a team of trained carers and professionals who can lend a helping hand with a number of day-to-day tasks. We offer support in completing housework, assisting you with personal care and medicine management, help with shopping and light cooking, as well as traveling to appointments with you and delivering respite services for carers. Our friendly staff members also provide some welcome companionship to help combat loneliness and the increased health risks that come with this.

The great thing about our domiciliary services is that they are completely flexible and designed to suit your individual needs. This allows you to choose the level of care you require, so you don’t have to say goodbye to the home you know and love.

If you would like to find out more about our domiciliary care services or want some information on our day services, you can get in touch with us by calling 01903 230 406. Alternatively, you can send us an email to info@melrosecare.org.uk

Share Your Home With Someone Else

Moving in with a friend, family member or neighbour can have a number of fantastic benefits. It allows you to retain your independence and enjoy your own home, while also reducing the cost of outgoings, such as mortgage payments, utility bills and weekly shops. In addition to this, by pooling resources, you will be able to share the caregiving responsibilities and costs, while having a support network under the same roof.

Companionship in older age is extremely important. Unfortunately, in older lifer, we can experience the loss of our partners, resulting in life on our own. This isolation can have a significant impact on both your mental and physical health. Therefore, if you have the option to co-habit with a loved one, it can be a wonderful solution.

Consider Relocating and Downsizing

In elderly life, after we have raised a family and watched our children fly the nest, we can often be left with larger homes than we need. Therefore, your house can become a valuable asset to help you offset the cost of care.

By selling and downsizing to a property more suitable to your needs, you can enjoy some welcome financial relief. Additionally, if you are moving into a less expensive area, you will likely find that the daily cost of living, such as your food and utility bills, as well as the price of local in-home care services, will reduce. Better still, if you can relocate to be closer to family members or friends, you can benefit from their company more regularly too.

Just bear in mind though that moving home can be a long and sometimes stressful process. Make sure you have the support to help you, both in terms of the practical aspect of moving and the emotional impact it can have, before you decide that this is right for you.‍

Take Advantage of Adult Day Care

A popular alternative to care home support is to have someone you know assist you with your day to day needs. However, these caregivers can often have other commitments in their lives or can experience burnout: requiring them to take a break from their duties every now and again. If this is the case, then you should consider taking advantage of adult day care services.

We offer day care services at Melrose, as does a number of other nursing care homes. This allows you to socialise with your peers to forge new and lasting friendships, take part in our calendar of activities to discover hobbies you may not have otherwise tried or just tuck into a delicious home cooked meal, thanks to our fantastic catering service. From a couple hours’ visit to a full day spent in our warm and welcoming home, adult day care services have a number of wonderful benefits, not only for you but for your caregiver as well.