Residential and Nursing Care
If you feel you, or a member of your family, can no longer cope at home then the best option may be residential or nursing home care.
There are many residential and nursing homes in Wirral, which are all regulated and checked by both the Council and the Care Quality Commission.
Residential Care is for people who need 24 hour support. Residents have a room, sometimes with their own en-suite bathroom, and access to shared facilities. These homes will help with personal care (getting up and going to bed, dressing, washing and toileting), and they will supervise or administer medication. They provide all meals, and most will offer some social activities.
They can normally provide care during short illnesses, but they do not provide long term nursing care. There will also be someone on call at night.
Nursing Care is mainly for people who need 24 hour support, and regular care tasks carried out or supervised by a qualified nurse. Personal care will include help with getting up and going to bed, dressing, washing and toileting as necessary, and the administration or supervision of medication.
Nursing tasks will include dressings, injections, pressure sore care etc. In a care home for nursing there will always be a qualified nurse on duty. Some nursing homes will have a proportion of beds only registered for personal care, and the remainder for nursing care, while in others all beds will be registered for nursing.
You may have to pay some or all of the cost of these types of care, following an assessment from Adult Social Services, or you can simply find the right residential home for you and contact them directly.
If you would like some advice on your options regarding residential and nursing care then please contact our Central Advice and Duty Team on 0151 606 2006.