There are so many different types of Care, it can be very difficult to decide which is best for you. To make it worse – the majority of websites use loads of jargon when describing what each type of Care is. And, with all of the myths that float around about Care – it can be difficult to distinguish one type from another. So, we want it to be as straight-forward for you as possible – below, we’ve listed the different types of Care, with a simple description of what it is.
Or, alternatively, SkillsforCare do a fantastic job of summarising it, too.
Supported Living allows all service users to be supported in the way they want. Their housing and support is built around them, rather than them fitting into a particular service or type of home.
- They can choose who to live with (if anyone);
- The service user is supported wherever they choose to live, which includes their own home;
- The carer, and how they are supported, is chosen entirely by them.
Supported Living is a means of supporting service users to take control of their life, and promote their independence.
Approximately 1.4 million people in the UK have a learning disability. A learning disability affects the way a person learns and deals with things in all areas of life. People whose learning disability is mild often learn to speak, read and write. However, people whose learning disability is more severe may need higher levels of support.
Community-based services for people with a Learning Disability provide care, treatment and support, in the community, for people with a learning disability. They help people to leave as independently as possible, manage their condition and improve it where this is possible.
Substance misuse is defined as the harmful use of substances (such as drugs and alcohol) for non-medical purposes. The term “substance misuse” generally refers to illegal drugs. However, legal substances can also be misused – for example, alcohol, prescription medication, caffeine and nicotine.
Substance misuse care are services provided in the community for people who misuse the above-named substances. It’s the provision of care, treatment and support, both pharmacological and psychosocial, and help with social and other needs so that people can reintegrate into their communities.
When working in Mental Health care, you are helping people to recover from mental illness by providing a broad range of interventions that reflect the psychological, social and physical needs of the individual. This may include providing care, treatment and support to people, subject to supervised community treatment under the Mental Health Act (1983).
Elderly care is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. It includes a wide range of services that are provided over an extended period of time to people who need help to perform daily activities.
These types of care can include rehabilitative therapies, skilled nursing care, palliative care, and social services, as well as supervision and a wide range of supportive personal care.
Elderly care can be provided at home, in the community, or in various types of facilities, including assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Child care is the caring for, and supervision of, a child (or children), usually between the ages of six weeks and thirteen years old.
Child care is a lot different to the majority of other types, because it isn’t always provided to assist with general life. Facilities in which child care takes place can be nurseries, creches, or with registered childminders and nannies.
In a role as a Nurse, you’re responsible for the promotion of health; prevention of any illness, and; care of physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled people of all ages, in all healthcare and other community settings.
Providing Care as a Nurse can take place in any environment – whether that be in the person’s home; a Care Home, or; anywhere else.
Becoming a Nurse is more difficult than getting involved in any other type of Care. To become a Nurse, you must possess a certain level of qualification, and be authorised to practice by the appropriate regularly authority.