What else to look for in a care home

by Clive
September 9, 2014

The type of care that is best for you will depend on your individual circumstances. You might need help because you have had a fall or a stroke or perhaps you’ve been in hospital, or you can no longer live independently.

To find out what sort of care you need, you can ask your local council social services department to assess your needs. This assessment is available regardless of your financial status and is recommended to help you obtain the most appropriate care and support.

These are the care home options available:

Domiciliary care 

This guide is mainly about choosing and paying for accommodation in a care home. This is explained in more detail below but you may be able to receive help in your own home so you can continue living there.

Home care
• Home adaptations or equipment to help you move around and manage the kitchen or bathroom;
• Home carers visiting you to help with bathing and dressing; help with household chores and shopping
• Support for carers; or nursing and health care provided by a district nurse

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These are the things you should consider when choosing a care home…

The area

You may want to stay close to your present home, relatives and friends or doctor. If, however, you are considering moving to a new area, you need to consider the following.

  • Do you want to live in the area you have been used to?
  • Is the home in a place where relatives and friends can visit you easily?
  • Will you be able to keep your GP when you move?
  • Is there easy access to public transport?
  • Will you be close to local facilities, which are important to you, for example, a church, post office or shops?
  • What public leisure facilities would you want to use?
  • Are the surroundings too noisy or too quiet?

The home itself

If the home has a brochure, take it and read through it. Ask for a copy of any contract, including terms and conditions of living in the home. Is it run by the local authority or owned independently?

The room

Your room will become your own private place so you may want to consider the following:

  • Will you have your own room?
  • What is the view from the room?
  • Can you keep your personal belongings, some of your own special pieces of furniture or a pet in your room?
  • Is there an aerial socket for your own television?

These are some of the important things to think about when considering home care. For a full listing of all care homes, search for Available Accommodation here.

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