We work with a large number of care homes and caregivers and love to get their feedback. One thing many of the people we work with say is that, whilst they love working in the care sector they also believe it has an unfair reputation this is particularly shown in the media.
You don’t need to look hard to find numerous, negative, articles in the media about care homes, but, it is important to remember, that this is only a small percentage of care homes, which is giving the whole care sector a bad name.
Care homes are there to give people the best possible care they can get and, without this industry many people would be missing out on vital care that they need.
Here are some of the most common myths we have heard about care homes!
Care Homes are free – Myth!
If an older individual is admitted to hospital they will be entitled to free care while they are there. BUT, if they need social care at home or in a residential or nursing home, then they will have to pay the full cost or make a contribution to the fees for the services they receive.
If the individual has over £23,250 in savings or assets, then they will have to pay for their own care, if they do not have this amount in savings or assets then they will receive some form of help.
Staff aren’t well trained – Myth!
This is not true at all, just like any other job role staff have to meet requirements in order to get a job in the care sector. Staff are required to undergo multiple training courses throughout the year and are regularly given opportunities to expand their knowledge and training, to provide the best possible care they can.
Loved ones are unable to visit as much as they want – Myth!
This is one of the biggest concerns when putting an individual in care is that you aren’t able to visit them as much as you’d like. But with the correct planning this should not be an issue, when looking at care homes, look at the ones that are closest to you and that you can get to easily, then you won’t have to worry about not seeing your loved one as much.
Once you’re put in a care home independence is lost – Myth!
While many people seem to think that once you get put into a care home, you get chucked in front to the TV and you are just left there. This is not the case. Some people many not want to go outside because they are frail and find going outside to be quite daunting, staff in care homes support people in whatever activities they want to do (this could be them just watching TV!).
Many care homes hold activities in their homes to keep everyone entertained, and they usually go on many days out too!
But many individuals in a care home are allowed out on their own (a risk assessment is needed first) this can include walking to the shops or going to their local pub, they all still have their independence.
Nursing homes are filled with sick people – Myth!
This is a complete misconception. Many people living in a nursing home are quite active and are in good health. Without being given the level of care patients get in a nursing home, their health could decline quite rapidly. Letting individuals move into a care home that gives them a level of health and social support allows seniors to live longer and more fulfilling lives than they would if they had to live on their own.
Care home residents are lonely – Myth!
One of the main benefits of being in a care home is that people are able to socialise on a regular basis, but yet the most common misconception is that everyone is lonely once they are placed in a care home. But this isn’t the case at all the majority of seniors in care homes socialise with other seniors and staff everyday and a lot of care facilities provide pets on a weekly basis.You have also got family that can visit on a daily basis too.
Now, hopefully we’ve successfully debunked some of the most common misconceptions about care homes for you and all of your questions have been answered!
Here at the Midlands Training Company we offer a variety of care courses to give opportunities for staff to expand their knowledge in the care sector for more information click the link: https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/care-home-courses/