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Highmarket House

Experts in award winning care in Banbury


Which is best: care home or care-at-home?

Care can be provided in various ways and in various settings. We want you to be informed about the benefits of moving to a care home, and to consider if home care (care-at-home) is appropriate. The comparison list below will help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Comparing care homes to care-at-home

Care HomeCare-at-home
Personalised careIn Care UK care homes there is no limit on the time we spend with your loved one, and we deliver care that’s personalised to their needs, preferences and interests.Will learn about your loved one’s care needs and plan what is required, but time available can be limited because care is provided and paid for in time-slots.
Social interactionOur lifestyle teams run a wide range of group and one-to-one activities, all completely tailored to your loved one’s interests. This includes exercise classes, art, music, quizzes and connections with local groups and schools. Residents continue to make new friends in the home and in the local community.Unless the carer is employed to offer companionship, their time will not include activities or social interaction.
Quality food and nutritionOur homes have chef-led teams who provide delicious home cooked meals throughout the day, tailored to the needs and preferences of residents. Our teams are fully trained to adapt meals to conditions such as dysphagia, so everyone can enjoy a nutritious and tasty meal safely. Mealtimes are an important part of the day with emphasis on enjoying food and spending time with friends.If care includes cooking a meal, this will only be from the food that’s available at the time. The carer may be a good cook, but is unlikely to have professional chef experience or knowledge of nutrition.
Flexible care and continuityAt Care UK we believe that choice and dignity are key, so if your loved one would like a lie in, or a late night, that’s up to them. We review care on a regular basis and if needs change, then we adapt the care plan accordingly. Your loved one will be cared for by people they know and trust in familiar surroundings.Will vary from provider-to provider, but choice of carer, or what time to get up and to go to bed, will depend on availability of slots.
Keeping safeOur care homes have the latest safety features, including nurse call systems and alarms in every bedroom. We provide round-the-clock care and are only seconds away if help is needed – providing residents and their families with the ultimate peace of mind day and night.During their time with your loved one, a carer may be able to support them to get around their home. If they are at risk of falling they may need a live-in carer or other solution.

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