5 top tips for choosing the right care home

Choosing the right care home for your relative can be a complex and stressful decision. We have put together a list of the top 5 things you should consider when selecting a facility for your relative. Knowing what to look out for in advance can help you to ensure that you get the best possible care for your relative.

 

Visit a few different care homes

Visit care homes

It is always a good idea to visit the care homes you intend to shortlist before making your final decision. This allows you to get a feel for the atmosphere and the culture. It will also give you a chance to talk to the people that are there and have a look at the facilities there to see if they are suitable.

First impressions are everything here. Be sure to observe the state of the buildings and whether there is a garden or courtyard. Also make a note of how well kept everything else is and whether the home or garden feels welcoming and inviting.

 

Cleanliness

Cleanliness

During your visit, you will have a chance to take a look at some of the rooms and the facilities. Are they clean and well kept? You should also observe whether the home smells pleasant and fresh and whether the temperature is comfortable.

 

Location

Location

Ideally, the care home you choose should be close and accessible. You will probably want to choose a home that is easy for friends and relatives to reach. You should also check whether local facilities such as shops, gyms and entertainment venues are nearby.

 

Staff schedules

Staff schedules

The staff at the care home will be responsible for looking after your relative and managing different aspects of their care on a day to day basis. It is important to check whether they have 24 hour care services available and what the ratio of staff to residents are during the day. You will also want to choose staff members that are welcoming and interested, as well as highly experienced and knowledgeable.

 

Comfort

Comfort

Of course, you will want your loved one to be comfortable in the home they are in. So other questions you should ask is whether they will be able to change rooms at a later date if they wanted to and how much freedom residents will have over their own routines and the clothes they wear. It is also important to consider whether your relatives would have control on when or how often they bathe or shower and whether the home is right for their cultural and religious needs.

All of these things will have a significant influence on the health and comfort of your loved one.

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By Janine Griffiths