What’s the difference between residential care and assisted living?
When you’re considering living arrangements and care options for a loved one with learning disabilities, the choices can sometimes be confusing. We often get asked, what’s the difference between residential care and assisted living? Read on to find out how these two types of care differ and what we offer at Halland House.
Assisted living, an overview
Also known as supported living, assisted living means living in your own home or a shared home and receiving support from care staff. Some homes are specially adapted, and sometimes people with similar disabilities live together.
Support varies depending on the needs of the person receiving it. It can include help with getting dressed, cooking meals, and housework. Support is also available for things like administrative tasks and going out into the community on trips or errands.
Assisted living is well suited to people who want to live as independently as possible.
Residential care, an overview
Living in residential care means having support there whenever it’s needed. The home is adapted to meet the varying needs of the residents. In the case of Halland House, the property is divided into three areas for people with different levels of need, from round-the-clock care to a dedicated annex for people who want a higher level of independence.
Our dedicated team works to create a balance of providing just the right amount of care while enabling residents to make their own choices. We provide nutritious meals, which residents can take in the welcoming dining room, adding to a sense of community.
We have a sensory room that provides a place to feel calm and safe. We also have well-kept grounds so residents can enjoy spending time outdoors. With a schedule of regular activities as well as trips out in our minibus, we aim to offer a rich and fulfilling life.
Our ground floor area is set up for people who need a higher level of care, with adaptations to make it wheelchair accessible. We have two waking night staff meaning we can provide round-the-clock care for those who need it.
Residents who are working on learning independent living skills stay in The Lodge, our specially-designed annex, where care is still available 24-hours if needed.
Living at Halland House
We want all our residents to feel fully at home at Halland House, which is why we are always careful when we introduce new residents to make sure everyone gets on well.
We understand that everyone’s needs are different and can change suddenly. That’s why we offer person-centred care plans, designed to provide just the right level of care while giving as much choice and independence as possible. We help people work towards goals, such as learning life skills, ensuring our residents are satisfied and fulfilled in their lives.
While assisted living means having support staff visit at certain times each day to help out, living in residential care means having support there all the time.
We also have people who attend our daycare and join in with activities, giving our residents a chance to make more friends. We are a family and a part of the local community.