Four Seasons Health Care | Types of care we offer

Don't know what type of care you need? Let us help.

Below are some descriptions of care terms you may have heard. Feel free to contact the manager at your chosen Four Seasons care home to chat through the different options available.

Residential care

This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing and getting around, or for those who need a more supportive environment if they're more frail.

Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This might include those with long-term conditions, those who need rehabilitation, or those with physical disabilities. Many of our homes can provide 24-hour nursing care, or specific nursing support for those with dementia.

Dementia care

Many of our homes can provide residential and nursing care for people living with dementia, and in our PEARL-accredited homes, we can provide even more specialist dementia care and support.

The PEARL programme - positively enriching and enhancing residents' lives - looks beyond the dementia diagnosis, to see the person, understand them, and help them live their lives as closely as possible to the way they always have. All staff at the home, from the care assistants to the chef to the Home Manager, go through months of training. Studies have found PEARL can improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia, including a dramatic reduction in the need for medication.

We also provide a range of therapies and activities, and homes and gardens are designed with the impact of light, colour, contrast, texture, aroma and sound in mind, to create the best possible environment for those living with dementia.

Intermediate care

Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care can be an alternative to a prolonged or unnecessary hospital stay. It can help you avoid going into hospital in the first place, or provide somewhere to get better when you're not quite ready to go home.

Short-stay care

Short-stay care is often called "respite care". It means someone can stay in one of our homes - whether they need residential, nursing or dementia care - for shorter periods of time: days or weeks, rather than months. Short-stay care is also suitable for those recovering from illness or a hospital stay.

Day care

This is for those who only need top-up care, from a bit of extra company during the day to help with tasks like eating or washing. Some of our homes have a day care service where visitors can enjoy all our activities, and spend time with friends in a safe and supportive environment.

End of life / palliative care

It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time. Our caring and compassionate teams can give residents and their families all the time, space, and help they need during this difficult period.

Care at home

Also known as "domiciliary care", this involves at-home care services such as washing and dressing, preparing meals, breaks for existing carers, sleep-in, and short visit services. This service is currently only available in Harrogate and Andover.

Specialist care

Some of our homes also offer specialist help for adults and young people with different needs, including:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health concerns

"I feel at home when I visit my mother and feel confident that she is being well looked after, I wouldn't want her to be anywhere else."

Relative of resident