Whether you are looking for yourself, or a loved one, a care home is going to be a huge adjustment, and choosing the right one is vital. It should be a place that feels safe, comfortable, and makes you happy. A care home really should feel like home. With so many to choose from, all over the country, it can be a hard decision to make.
If for any reason you are looking for a new care home, because your current one was not suitable, then it is important to take some time to reflect on why. If you are concerned about a loved one and the conditions of the current home, then it is vital that you seek the right medical and professional support, for example, the senior adult, a doctor, or nursing home neglect lawyers.
Start by thinking about what is ideal for you or your loved one, what you want, and what you don’t want to compromise on. You could also create a list, which will help you eliminate early on which care homes are not suitable for you.
It can be hard to find the perfect one, but with these tips, you’ll be able to locate one with ease and in no time.
1. Make sure a care home is the best option
Care homes are a large financial undertaking, so it is important that you first consider all the options that are available to you. Review your finances, and consider the length of stay. In some cases, there may be funding options available to you or if you have relevant insurance, you may be able to seek extra support. There are other options available too, such as in-home nursing while living independently at home, or sheltered accommodation.
2. Know the difference between types of care
Each home will offer different types of care, and it is important to brush up on your knowledge while searching for the right home, to ensure you can eliminate the ones that are not right, and get the most out of your search. Some care homes are residential and are for those who are unable to live independently. These homes range in size, but always have staff on hand 24/7, to help with living needs. Some care homes are specialist homes, focusing on supporting individuals with a range of different needs, such as disabilities or dementia. Other homes can support individuals until they can go home and live independently.
Where is the ideal location for the care home? Is it within a reasonable traveling distance for friends and family members, so they can make regular visits to the care home? Is it in a location whereby nice day trips can occur? Is it close to a pharmacy, doctor, and hospital? Location is important, but may also be dictated by the price, so it is important to stay open and flexible.
If you or a loved one will be spending a lot of time, or the rest of their life in the home, then the amenities that are offered are vital. This will ensure you or your loved one can have fun, continue to stay connected with others, be stimulated, and just generally enjoy a better quality of life. Check if the care homes have activities that are offered on and off-site for residents, regular clubs, and the types of games that are available on site.
The safety of the residents is vital. Check the health and safety policies that they have on their website first, and have any questions ready to ask them if you go and visit. It is a good idea to check the ratio of residents to staff in the care home, to ensure that you or your loved one will get the assistance that is required in the home and stay well looked after. This is vital because the older a person gets, the more hazardous the things around them become, and staff that are available is key to staying safe.
Eating good, nutritious food is really important in living a life of better quality, and can often be a concern when staying in a care home, as you no longer have control over the food you or your loved one will consume. Consuming enough, and the right nutrients are even more important at an older age, so make sure you speak to the homes beforehand, to see what kind of meals and drinks are regularly served there, the quality, the source of the food, and ensure they can cater to any dietary requirements that you may be needed.
7. Conduct thorough research
Research is another vital step in the process of looking for the perfect care home. Make sure you start by looking at their website, their policies, and everything they have to offer. Any reputable care home should have a plethora of information on their website, including the amenities, a gallery so you can look at what the home looks like, profiles on the staff who work there, and reviews from previous residents. You should also visit the home whenever possible, so you can get to know the residents and the staff, and ensure it feels like a comfortable space to be in. You can also check that it lives up to clean and comfortable living standards. Some care homes offer trials, whereby you can spend the day, or night, or perhaps get involved in an activity, which will give you a really good feel for the home. Make time to speak to the residents and the staff there too, so you can see if you get on well with them, as a care home should be a place where you can interact and socialize with others daily.
Finding the right home is vital for a good life, which will entail a lot of time and research. The perfect home will feel safe, and be full of nice residents and staff who are ready and equipped to take care of you or your loved one.
What other tips do you suggest when finding the right care home? Let me know in the comments below!