How To Choose A Residential Care Home
Whether you’re looking for yourself or for a loved one, you need to think carefully about what you want and need from a residential care home. The right care home should be a comfortable and happy place to live and should feel just like home.
If you are worried about choosing a residential care home, then the guide below will tell you everything you need to know about how to choose the right care home in the UK.
What Should I Look For In A Care Home?
Before you start to visit residential care homes, there are several questions that you need to ask yourself. These include:
- What type of care service you need? For example, respite care, dementia care, nursing care, or personal care.
- What facilities you would like access to? A spa? Hairdressers? Outdoor space?
- Do you need to pay for care or are you entitled to free social care?
- Where do you need your care home to be located? For example, a Sidmouth care home or a Brighton care home.
- What type of visitation do you want?
- What care home activities do you want?
- Does the care home have vacancies?
How To Find A Care Home
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a care home, then there are several places to look.
Ask Family, Friends, Or Healthcare Providers For Recommendations
If you know someone who’s already in a local care home or has recently spent time in one, then why not ask them about their personal experiences. Alternatively, you can ask your GP or another healthcare professional for recommendations.
Carry Out An Search Online
There are several online directories that allow you to enter your postcode and see a list of local residential care home providers. There are also a number of commercial websites that showcase a list of best-rated care homes.
Read Inspection Reports
There are four watchdogs in the UK that are responsible for inspecting and reporting on care providers and all their findings are available to the public. In England and Scotland, you can also obtain a quality rating for all care homes.
Visit Your Shortlist Of Care Homes In Person
Once you have a shortlist of care homes that you like, the next step is to arrange a face-to-face visit. Ideally, you should visit with a family member or friend so that they can help you to assess the facility in sufficient detail.
It can also be a good idea to make a surprise visit at some point so that you can see what the care home in question is really like. You can also see how the staff interact with the residents and see what people are doing on a daily basis.
Arrange A Trial Stay
If you’re still unsure about a care home, you may want to ask to arrange a trial stay or short-term stay. This can be particularly beneficial for someone who needs respite care for a relative.