How to choose the right care home for you

We know that finding the right care home options for you and your loved ones can be a difficult and emotional time. That's why we've put together the following guide to help you navigate some of the key stages of the journey.

Choosing a care home is a big decision. As such, we’ve found that the easiest way to guide your way through it is to break that big decision down into smaller, much more manageable decisions.

By asking yourself the following six questions, you can ensure that your journey to find the right care home for you will be a successful one.

 

1. Does it provide the level of care you need?

Different care homes offer different types of care. Some care homes provide specialist nursing or dementia care for more complicated needs, whereas residential homes focus on providing a safe and comfortable place to live for those who require a little extra help with day-to-day tasks.

There are, however, some more flexible options which meet different needs. For example, our Domiciliary Care service can provide in-home care to anybody living within a short distance of a selection of our care homes. This is a great option for those who are not quite ready to leave the comfort of their own home, but who could also benefit from a variety of care needs from time to time.

The requirements for the care that you or your loved one needs should be one of the largest factors affecting your choice of care home. The majority of care homes will carry out a full care assessment of the individual when they enter the home. This usually includes discussions with family, friends, social workers, care managers and GPs.

 

2. Is it in the right location?

Many individuals in need of care have a strong social and familial connection to their local community, and as such will often search for a care home within their close surroundings. For others, however, moving into a care home represents an opportunity to move closer to loved ones, making it easier for them to visit and stay in touch.

Deciding which option is best for you is an important decision that should be made sooner rather than later. Once you’ve set your heart on a particular area, you can then start to create a list of all the care homes within that location which provide the care you need and which appeal to your tastes.

There are many online services available to help in this process. We recommend using carehome.co.uk, but a simple google search can also go a long way!

 

3. What do others say about it?

There are a number of quality indicators to look out for when trying to assess whether a particular care home is of a high quality or not. Firstly, we would recommend checking any reviews available online, either through Google Reviews or carehome.co.uk. Having a thorough read through these can give you a good idea of other people’s experiences with the home.

Another key quality indicator to look out for is a seal of approval from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom. It was established in 2009 to regulate and inspect health and social care services in England. Checking the CQC report for a specific care home is a great way of identifying its true quality.

We would also recommend speaking to anyone who has been involved in any way with the care home of your choice.

 

4. What does it look like in real life?

Once you have identified a handful of care homes that are in a suitable location and have positive reviews, now is the time to visit the home and see it with your own eyes.

For the majority of people, this is the most important part of the decision making process. There is no better way of assessing the feeling of a home than taking the time to visit it for yourself. When doing so, be sure to take the opportunity to speak with the manager, staff and residents so that you get a truly accurate feel of the home’s atmosphere.

You can only know whether an environment is right for you once you have felt it for yourself.

 

5. Is it within your budget?

As well as visiting the homes on the shortlist, it is also important to consider their respective costs.

Be aware that the cost of care can vary depending on what level of support is required. It is also important to know what options are available to help you get funding support for the care you need. If you would like to get in touch with a member our team here then we would be delighted to pass on the contact details for an organisations which can help you find out more about funding.

We also highly recommend talking to the relevant manager about the costs and fees associated with joining a care home. Getting a full quote on how much it is likely to cost in total is a must.

 

6. What does your gut say?

At this point in the process, you will have done all the groundwork to be able to make a well-informed decision. We believe that, once you have found a home in the right location with good reviews, the main deciding factor will always be your gut instinct.

Choosing a care home is a very personal decision, and often a final decision is made over something as simple as which home made you feel the most comfortable, which home had the friendliest staff, which home felt more like… well, home!

Remember, moving into a care home can be the start of a new and exciting chapter of your loved ones’ lives. They have the opportunity to make new friends, start new hobbies, or even rekindle lost passions which they may have forgotten about. Living in a care home can be the happiest and most fulfilling chapter of someone’s life.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not a care home is the right place for you, there are plenty of resources available online. Just make sure they’re from a source you can trust. If you need any further assistance then please do get in touch here. A member of our team would be more than happy to help.

Even for the smallest questions, do not hesitate to contact Head Office at:

01773 546736

For some advice and common questions about our website, please visit the Help & Advice page.

Help & Advice