Mental Care Homes (A guide)
In this guide, we will discuss Mental Care Homes across the UK.
Mental Care Homes: What are they?
Mental care homes are specialized homes in the care of people living with a variety of mental health issues.
They understand what it means to be living with a mental health condition, how debilitating can be and the impact it can have in your life or the life of someone you love.
According to homecarepreferred.com “One in four people in the UK have problems with their mental health in their lifetime; if mental illness is left untreated it can become a catalyst for a variety of medical complications and can lead to extended periods of hospitalization.”
Suffering from mental illness doesn’t have to be a reason to stop living a normal life.
Having the right support, you or a loved one can live a fulfilling independent life.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illnesses that cause disorders in an individual’s way of thinking and behaving.
There is a broad variety of disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia or eating disorders.
They can range in severity and require treatment.
Just like other illnesses, mental illness can vary in severity, and also responds to, and requires treatment.
In addition, they can have multiple causes and in some cases, it is difficult to determine the specific reasons or causes of particular mental health illness.
However, it has been suggested that having difficult situations or experiencing certain traumatic events can contribute to triggering the disease.
In addition, biological factors also play an important role in developing mental illness.
Researchers have also associated genetic factors that can make people vulnerable to developing certain diseases and moreover, chemical imbalances can also serve as contributing factors.
Other related causes include having a history of head injury, stroke or thyroid problems.
It is important to consider that each mental illness can manifest in different ways and their severity will vary from one person to the other, even though they are diagnosed with the same condition.
Symptom manifestation can include in many cases social withdrawal, erratic or unpredictable mood swings, low mood, intrusive thoughts and a change in sleeping patterns.
Care home options across the UK
Here we will mention some of the top-rated mental care homes according to carehome.co.uk.
We will mention some of the specifications, services and registered care categories.
Abbey Court is located in 34 Abbeygreen Street, Easterhouse, Glasgow G34 0JH, and according to carehome.co.uk, they currently have a User Review Score of 10.
This is considered a new care community that is said to provide the highest level of based care and support.
They have tailored their care home to suit the individual needs of all those who choose to live there.
Staff is said to be committed to you or your loved one since they one when you decide to move in providing the best experience while staying with them.
The type of service they offer is residential care for a maximum of 26 users and has single rooms with ensuite WC.
They care for people with dementia, learning disabilities, mental health illness, old age, physical disabilities, and sensory impairments.
They admit people who are 65+ and have specialist care for Alzheimer’s.
Their services include palliative care, Respite Care, Own GP if required, Own Furniture if required, Pets by arrangement, Smoking not permitted, Close to Local shops, Near Public Transport, Lift, Wheelchair access, Gardens for residents, Residents Kitchenette, Phone Point in own room/Mobile, Television point in own room and Residents Internet Access.
In addition, there are no visiting restrictions other than common sense and they have a car parking to the rear of the home with dedicated disabled spaced at the front of the home.
Cherrytree Care Home
Cherrytree Care home is located in 123 Station Road, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5TD and according to carehome.co.uk, they currently have a User Review Score of 10.
They provide accommodation and care for people over 65 years old who may also have a physical disability or a diagnosis of mental health.
In addition, this home is located on two floors and has three communal lounges, a large garden and a dining room where people can spend some time together.
Also, they have trained staff to meet individual needs safely and safe recruitment practices.
The type of service they offer is residential care for a maximum of 40 users with dementia, mental health conditions, old age or physical disability.
Their admission age is 55+ and they have 36 single rooms, 2 shared rooms with ensuite WC.
Their services include Respite Care, Convalescent Care, Own GP if required, Own Furniture if required, Pets by arrangement, Smoking not permitted, Close to Local shops, Near Public Transport, Lift, Stairlift, Wheelchair access, Gardens for residents, Television point in own room and Residents Internet Access.
Bernash Care Home
Bernash Care Home is located in 544-546 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 9BB and according to carehome.co.uk, they have a User Review score of 10.
This home is considered a luxurious care home set in the heart of Bristol that offers dementia care, residential care, respite, and daycare.
They understand how difficult and challenging it can be when you leave home so they say they can ensure the smoothest transition providing a home from home experience for residents to be able to settle easily.
All their bedrooms and en-suites have a nurse call point which can offer their residents rapid access to a carer 24 hours a day.
Also, they have two separate lounges where residents can socialize and enjoy the company of other residents or even you can join your loved one in the quiet lounge for some private moments with them.
Staff also offers activities and they invest a lot of time making sure their residents are enjoying every day.
They even have a full program of events on a daily basis, and many of them actually encourage and engage family, friends and the local community.
Their current registered care categories include caring for people with dementia, mental health illness, old age, physical disabilities, and sensory impairment.
They have 21 single rooms, 1 shared room and 15 rooms with ensuite WC.
Their facilities and services include Day Care, Respite Care, Own GP if required, Own Furniture if required, Pets by arrangement, Close to Local shops, Near Public Transport, Minibus or other transport, Lift, Stairlift, Wheelchair access, Gardens for residents, Phone Point in own room/Mobile, Television point in own room and Residents Internet Access.
Alder House Care Home
Alder House Care Home is located in 172a Nottingham Road, Nuthall, Nottingham NG8 6AX and has been received a user rating of 10 according to carehome.co.uk.
They offer high-quality retirement living facilities as well as dementia and respite care.
There are a number of companion suites for couples and all rooms come with ¾ sized beds.
Special attention is paid to those with dementia, as shown by the provision of a café full of mementos from the past days.
A full program of daily activities, including maintaining body strength, is supported by volunteers.
The atmosphere is lively and fun and residents enjoy gardening, regular cinema showings, going out on Sundays and eating well.
Good relations are maintained with the local community and the neighboring Avery home, Acer Court.
They offer residential care for a maximum of 60 users.
The registered care categories include dementia, mental health conditions, old age, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, and younger adults.
They specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s, cancer care and visual impairment.
They also have 60 single rooms with ensuite WC and their facilities and services include Respite Care, Convalescent Care, Own GP if required, Own Furniture if required, Pets by arrangement, Close to Local shops, Near Public Transport, Lift, Wheelchair access, Bar/Cafe on-premises, Television point in own room and Residents Internet Access.
Why is this blog about mental care homes important?
Mental care homes can actually provide holiday places or respite care for people suffering and recovering from mental health problems.
If you are considering living in a mental care home or you are considering this for a loved one it is very important to contact the homes directly, ask many questions as possible and if possible, visit them prior to deciding to move in.
This will become your second home or your loved one second home so you need to be certain this is the feeling you or your loved one will get when arriving.
They are specifically designed to care and support for people with a variety of mental health conditions.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mental Care Homes
Are there homes for the mentally ill?
Yes, there are homes for the mentally ill.
For many people living with a mental health condition, there is no impact on their housing but others do require care and additional support.
What is residential mental health care?
Residential mental health care are designed as treatment environments that provide long-term care for individuals.
Most of them provide medical care but are more comfortable than a hospital ward where their residents can actually feel like home.
What is psychiatric home care?
Psychiatric home care is a home health service in which there are professionals such as psychiatric nurses, social workers, home health aides and occupational therapists that visit the residents and provide primary psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in their own homes.
How do you treat a mentally ill person?
Treating a mentally ill person involves assessing their mental state, establishing good communication and building a relationship with them, using language that shows consideration, providing sensitive patient-centered care and setting up an individual treatment plan.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is considered a mental health illness that is mainly characterized by abnormal behavior, disorganized speech and loss of touch with reality.
Other related symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hallucinations, reduced social engagement and lack of emotional expression.
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