What is the difference between a nursing home and a care home?

Many people are sometimes unaware that there is a difference between nursing care in a care home and residential care in a care home. They both supply round the clock, 24 hour care and supervision in the form of; qualified teams and staff, in-house accommodation, including meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), in-house laundering of personal items of clothing (except dry cleaning), daily activities within the home and the provision of care and support agreed on admission to meet the prospective residents’ assessed needs.

Nursing Homes
With nursing homes, a Registered Nurse (RN) will be present in the home at all times, providing specialist nursing care for those who require it. Nursing care is recommended for residents that often require special types of medication and specialist care. A registered nurse will be on hand to monitor a person's condition and will also be trained to spot anything that may need to be escalated to a doctor or medical team. Those who suffer from dementia will possibly need specialist care.

Nursing homes, generally have more advanced facilities and equipment for helping and moving residents, including supplying specialist beds, hoists and other necessary equipment.

Care Homes
Often known as residential homes, care homes provide individual care and accommodation 24 hours a day. 

A district nurse can be called on at times for specialist tasks such as difficult dressings and administering injections, when required. Staff will be suitably qualified as Care Assistants, helping residents with mobility, washing and dressing, personal hygiene, eating and drinking, and chaperoning social events and outings.

About nursing care at our care homes

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At all our Holmes Care Group homes, our friendly, trained, qualified teams and professional staff provide a 24 hour care and support system for people that require nursing care, giving them assistance with everyday rituals such as; professional and safe administration of all medications, help in the morning out of bed and getting dressed, along with everyday assistance with mobility, and encouragement with eating and drinking.

Care plans for individuals at our nursing and care homes
In all our services, we work with families to formulate care plans which ensure the care we deliver is tailored to the needs of the individuals, who require day to day support. At Holmes Care Group, we aim to address each residents' individual and varying requirements, so that each person we care for, feels completely supported in every aspect of their life.

At Holmes Care Group, we know ‘peace of mind’ is an important factor in choosing a nursing home
Ensuring all residents that require nursing care are comfortable and happy is a priority, as well as giving them a feeling of ‘being at home’. It’s good to keep busy! Daily activities and many fun events are organised in and out of the home, which all help with giving our residents a better sense of independence and normality. Well-being is a big priority at Holmes Care Group.

There’s no place like home - There’s no place like Holmes Care Group
At all Holmes Care Group homes, nursing homes, residential homes and day care centres, we make every effort to keep everyone, secure, safe, warm and welcome, not only for our residents, but also for family and friends when visiting their loved ones. All our facilities are designed to enhance the lives of everyone living at our care homes. Many of our homes are set in scenic areas, and have excellent outside facilities, including patios and beautiful landscaped gardens. Visiting areas are designed especially for residents and friends and family alike, to feel comfortable and relaxed at our care homes.

If you would like to find out more about nursing homes within Holmes Care Group, please click the link below:

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If you are looking for nursing homes in the Glasgow area, Holmes Care Group have homes in Drumchapel that are specialists in nursing care:

Click here to visit Almond View Care Home in Drumchapel, Glasgow who specialise in nursing care.

Click here to visit Almond Court Care Home in Drumchapel, Glasgow who specialise in nursing care.

If you are looking for nursing homes in the London area, Holmes Care Group have a home in Essex that specialise in nursing care. 

Click here to visit Cranham Court Nursing Home in Upminster, Essex who specialise in nursing care.

If you are looking for nursing homes in the West Midlands area, Holmes Care Group have a home in Wolverhampton that specialise in nursing care.

Click here to visit The Sycamores Nursing Home in the West Midlands area who specialise in nursing care.

If you are looking for nursing homes in the Aberdeen area, Holmes Care Group have a home in the Bridge of Don area that specialise in nursing care.

Click here to visit Grandholm Care Home in Aberdeen who specialise in nursing care.

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Kind words from our residents and their families

Baytree Court

Baytree Court is a very relaxed home, pleasant staff and one of the nicest homes I visit, always get a smile. Service users seem happy.

Glenys Newbury - Health Care Community Worker

Almond View Care Home

To all the staff at Almond View - a big thank you for looking after Mum, with such kindness and dedication. Despite living 400 miles away, I always had a good feeling that she was in good hands. When I did visit, the staff without exception, stopped to chat to us even though they were extremely busy. Please accept my heart felt thank you to you all - a real credit to Almond View.


Bankview Care Home

Thank you for the excellent level of care that my father, Frank Boyle, has received. Bankview demonstrated for us the template for a care home and how it should feel and be run. Friendly, welcoming, excellent care levels, length of time staff remain loyal to the home and above all a clear and comforting atmosphere of great leadership.

Barbara and Jan

Social Work Department

Bankview Day care is welcoming and homely, meeting a wide range of needs with well trained staff and individual care for each client.

Bankview Day Care Centre

Bankview Day Care Centre

I understand why mum loves coming to Bank view Day-care it’s a home from home and the activities offered are excellent

J Campbell

Bankview Day Care Centre

The day care centre has made a huge difference to my life. Best thing I ever done, my week was boring now I have days out and shopping trips and good company.

R Burns

Baytree Court Care Home

We can not thank you enough for all the care, support and attention the staff at Baytree Court have given Marc. The staff have always given their time and support to us on visits which has meant a great deal.

Doreen and Yvonne

Beechwood Care Home

Both mum and I were most impressed with Beechwood and we have decided that is where we would like Dad to come to. You have put both mine and mum's minds at rest knowing that Dad will be looked after.

Thank You

Susan Gibson

K Macdonald in memory of my Aunt Jean

I can't exaggerate the admiration I have for the management and staff of Craigielea. I've never experienced so much patience, coaxing, kindness and care. These people share their lives and emotions, laugh and cry and mourn for the people who entrust themselves to care.

Craigielea Care Home

J Ellis in memory of Steve

The staff talked about my best friend being an inspiration to them, despite his illness It made me change my approach with him, instead of being despondent and sad, I spoke with him the way we had always been with each other. The staff saw him as a person.

Craigielea Care Home

Shelagh Goldie

My uncle, who is a retired GP, recently visited Dad on a trip over from Canada and commented that Craigielea is one of the best places he has ever seen in his experience of elderly care units. Very homely, calm, relaxing and wonderful staff. Keep up the fantastic work you do!


Grandholm Care Home

In all my visits I have been most impressed with the Care and Attention shown by all your staff, who are professional and courteous at all times. We are always welcomed with a friendly smile which makes us feel very much part of the home and being involved

J Barber

Grandholm Care Home

Please accept my sincere congratulations for performance and efficiency of Grandholm Care Home. The home provides a very professional, caring and motivational environment with an abundance of patience and understanding. The home is a credit to your team and one of the best in Aberdeen.

I McCormack

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