When it comes searching for a care home you may come across lots of new terms and jargon. Here is a quick glossary to explain the terms that might be causing confusion.

Assessment of needs

An assessment of needs is carried out to discovery the needs and care requirements that will affect your wellbeing.  Finding out what level of care you require is important, whether it the care you need is at home support or moving into a care home.

Care plans

A care plan outlines how your care and support needs will be met. The care plan is then agreed with the resident and the care provider. The plan clarifies the care that should be provided and allows the individual to have a say in how they would like their care delivered. All of the care providers involved are then fully aware of the needs and requirements for the resident.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission is an independent regulator which monitors the standards of social care services. The Beritaz Care CQC reports are available for you to read.

Convalescent care

Convalescent care refers to recovery care after an operation, illness or injury. A resident may need regular check-ups and support from carers.

Nursing care

This refers to the style of care where a qualified nurse is available at all times to provide additional support. This type of care home is similar to a residential care home, where there is accommodation, support on hand and meals provided.

Palliative care

Palliative care focuses on preventing pain and suffering for patients. This type of care is suitable for patients with curable and incurable diseases and those nearing the end of their life.

Personal care

Personal care includes basic tasks such as: feeding, dressing and washing.

Residential care homes

Residential care homes provide accommodation, care assistance and meals. These care homes do not always have nurses employed within the establishment. If nursing assistance is required then a Nursing home is better suited.

Respite care

Respite care is for short term stays and can provide as a break for a carer.