Choosing the right care home can seem like a daunting task. But it is an important one. Your care home should be a happy and comfortable place to live. When choosing a care home it’s important to consider what’s important to you and then weigh up all of your options. This guide will help you understand all of the important factors you need to consider when choosing the correct home care services for you.
Considering going into a care home is a big decision. However, care homes are a fantastic option for those who are struggling to live alone, even with the help of friends and family. Certain medical conditions may require 24-hour care and monitoring. Regardless of the reason, care homes can offer specialist support, which helps to reduce stress and frees up time to focus on social activities and general wellbeing. If you remain torn between care home services, you can participate in a Needs Assessment. This is a professional service that will recommend care options that might be the best option for you and your needs.
Finding appropriate care homes that match all of your criteria is the perfect starting point. When considering care home options you will want to take into account these factors;
You might be wondering where to start when looking into choosing a safe and comfortable care home. Whether you are exploring home care services for yourself or a loved one, these steps will help make the process of choosing the best care home options easier.
Getting a needs assessment before looking at care home options can be beneficial. This is a professional assessment that helps determine the type of care that may be best for you. Needs assessments help determine if you qualify for financial help from your local authorities. Even if you know your home care is being self-funded, it’s recommended that you still carry out a needs assessment as it may highlight other care requirements you may not have previously considered.
You have already compiled a list of suitable care home choices using our tips above. Fortunately, in the UK there are organisations responsible for inspecting the quality of care providers. These reports are publicly available to review. These reports take a deep dive into key points, such as; staff turnover, the number of inspections and whether previous recommendations have been implemented. Taking the time to read the care home inspection reports for each of your potential care homes is a great way to understand if the care home is being managed well and offers a high enough level of care.
Now you’re satisfied that your potential new care home meets your quality expectations, it’s time to make contact. Making contact via phone eliminates the chance of a wasted visit. Talking to the care home manager, it’s a great way to learn more about the home’s fees, availability and how they can work with you to meet your care requirements.
If you are happy with your initial conversation, a good tip is to request a brochure and book an appointment for an in-person visit.
By visiting the care home in person, you will be able to make a clear judgement on if it’s the right option for you. If it’s possible, take a friend or family member. This will be a great opportunity to meet staff, assess cleanliness and learn more about what activities are available. You may be able to take a look at your potential room too.
When visiting the care home, use it as an opportunity to ask any questions you have. We recommend taking a moment to observe other residents. Are they smiling and carrying out social activities?. Can you hear laughter? Warning signs to listen out for include shouting/ arguing and un-answered assistance bells. The cleanliness of the care home should also be a priority.
Most importantly after your visit, take a moment to reflect on how the care home has made you feel. If you are undecided, we recommend carrying out a surprise visit. This will best place you to make the right decision when choosing your care home.
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Choosing the right care home requires in-depth due diligence. There are a lot of factors that you need to consider, such as; where the care home is located, does it have a good reputation according to the inspection report and is it within your budget? Most importantly, the right care home for you will be the place where you think you will be safe, happy and cared for.
If you would like to learn more about Fonthill House or you would like to book a visit then please contact us today.