The decision to move into a care home can be a difficult one to make, but it is important to remember that it should be a happy and comfortable place to live. As a relative or friend of someone who may need to move into a care home, or as someone considering it for yourself, it is important to do your research and find the best fit.
Searching for a care home
When searching for a care home, it is important to consider what you or your loved one needs and wants. Make sure the home can provide the necessary level of care and check for the availability of rooms. Before visiting a home, take the time to read the home’s brochure or website and speak with the staff or manager. It is also important to read the most recent inspection report for the home, which can be found on the CQC website.
As you begin to narrow down your options, consider what is important to you or your loved one. This may include location, facilities, or specialised care for specific health issues. It is also wise to include other family members or friends in these discussions.
Look for recommendations from happy residents
When making a final decision, recommendations from happy residents or trusted health professionals can be invaluable. Additionally, it is important to thoroughly inspect the care home and read the inspection reports provided by the regulatory bodies. These reports will give insight into the level of care and management of the home.
It is also important to consider the type of care that is required. Care homes can be run by local councils, private firms, or voluntary organisations. They must be approved by the appropriate regulatory body. Some homes offer accommodation and help with personal care, while others offer nursing care as well. Some specialise in mental illness, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. Alternatives to a care home include sheltered housing or extra care housing.
Find a care home that truly feels like home
In summary, finding the right care home for you or your loved one requires research and careful consideration of needs and priorities. Take the time to visit the home, read inspection reports, and seek recommendations. Be mindful of the type of care required, and consider the location and facilities that are important to you. With these steps, you can find a care home that truly feels like home.