A continuum of care allows an individual to transition seamlessly from one type of care to the next as their needs change while staying in the same care home.
Not every individual will need every type of care available, but there are many who will need different types at different times in their lives.
Delivering care in this way ensures careful attention to detail as medical and well-being care is coordinated between a variety of professionals and is continually reviewed and care plans are adapted as care needs change. When all care providers play a role in decision-making, the collaborative team can more effectively determine next steps for care requirements and how best to execute this care to the resident.
A continuum of care can involve the following individuals:
- The resident
- The residents friends and/or family
- Healthcare staff within the care home
- Nurses within the care home
- Administrative staff within the care home
- The kitchen and Wellbeing team within the care home
- External professionals such as GP’s, Physiotherapists, Chiropadists, Opticians and so on
Someone with dementia may start out with symptoms of cognitive impairment and forgetfulness and need care to specifically support those areas. Dementia is a progressive condition, where symptoms gradually worsen over time. Initial cognitive signs of Dementia may eventually lead to more severe symptoms, for example someone getting lost while carrying out an every day task such as shopping. The condition mayl eventually result in a person needing full-time care.Treating an individual with a continuum of care works best when the approach is holistic and begins as soon as the first symptoms are identified. When receiving a continuum of care, the person living with dementia will receive cohesive and consistent care in the setting of their choice.
Living in a care home comes with an abundance of benefits for both residents and their loved ones, including receiving a continuum of care. Receiving care in this way comes with the following benefits:
Adaptive Care in One Setting
When residing in a dual-registered care home that offers a continuum of care, residents benefit from living in a setting where they are surrounded by experienced professionals who are able to care for and support a wide range of care requirements. Should a residents care needs or conditions progress while living in a care home, the staff are able to respond quickly and efficiently and amend the care plan to reflect the evolving medical and wellbeing requirements. Residents living in this environment are able to settle and have peace of mind knowing their stay is long-term and truly enjoy their home.
Evolving Care Plans
Continuum of care ensures that residents receive accurate care for their medical conditions as they change over time. It means that residents care plans are adjusted as and when needed; care plans evolve with a residents requirements, are adaptable and adjusted accordingly, in line with their needs. Adaptable care plans cover both a change in medical needs as well as progressive care.
24-hour care means having professional assistance day and night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having skilled and experienced carers on hand allows for instant reactions to care needs such as falls, changes in condition or other accidents. Both residents and their loved ones are constantly reassured that exceptional care is always available.
Open and transparent lines of communication combined with regular assessments and feedback from all parties involved, ensures accountability for a residents care. Accountability in healthcare has the ability to improve doctor-patient trust, reduce the misuse of resources, and helps a home to provide high quality care.
A continuum of care opens opportunities to build long-term relationships between residents, relatives and all staff involved in their care process. Developing deep relationships ensures a resident’s needs are understood and effective comprehensive care is delivered. Fostering strong relationships between all care providers helps to ensure effective care is executed and loved ones feel confident and reassured with how their loved ones are being cared for.
Hazelwood Care Home provides excellent Dementia Care, Nursing Care, Residential Care and Respite Care. The medical care and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority with each resident being assigned a Primary Care Nurse, who will discuss and assess with them their needs, as well as develop a person-centred plan and monitor and review their care.
Care types at Hazelwood Care Home include, but are not limited to:
- Dementia Care
- Nursing Care
- Residential Care
- Respite Care
- Mental Health Conditions
- Old Age
- Physical Disability
- Sensory Impairment
- Bipolar/Manic Depression
- Cerebral Palsy
- Challenging Behaviour
- Hearing Impairment
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Visual Impairment
- Palliative Care
Our entire team has been hand-picked for their friendliness, and their caring attitude towards our residents and their loved ones. Moving to Hazelwood Care Home should be the start of a new and adventurous chapter in residents’ lives, one that allows them to meet new people, pursue different interests and feel confident and happy while maintaining as much freedom as possible.
Here at our wonderful care home in Longfield, we provide a luxurious yet safe environment for residents who want to experience the advantages of group living and live as independently as possible, knowing their medical needs are in the safe hands of our experienced and friendly staff. We strive to provide a varied range of first-class amenities and facilities that enable our residents to live a rich and fulfilled life. From cosy film afternoons to quality time in the sensory room, our activities have been carefully selected to provide our residents with a lifestyle that is designed just for them.
Hazelwood Care Home proudly offers a continuum of care to all residents. We understand the benefits that delivering care in this way has on not only the resident, but their loved ones as well as the staff. Continuum of care ensures our first-class care is delivered consistently and effectively, which in turns allows residents to live a full life. Our dedicated staff are motivated and go above and beyond to ensure they are with and follow a resident throughout their journey, and they are right by their side, providing care and support at all times.
- Residents never have to move home due to a change in care requirements
- Care plans change in line with a residents care needs
- Staff are available 24/7
- Staff take pride in taking responsibility for the care they deliver
- Staff strive to build strong, long-lasting relationships with both residents and their loved ones
Combining a continuum of care that supports long-term health conditions in an environment that promotes an activie lifestyle ensures we provide comprehensive care that covers all needs and wishes a resident may have.
If you have any questions regarding our care home in Dartford or care plans that consider complex care and special health care needs, we welcome you to get in touch with our friendly team today.