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Choosing to go into a care home is a very difficult decision, usually based on agreeing what is best for the one requiring care.  In many cases help is provided to stay at home as long as possible, but, after exhausting all remaining options, it is often agreed amongst family, friends and social and medical professionals, that moving into a care home is the right choice. 

By this stage, choosing where to stay and sorting out the finances is a responsibility falling onto the younger members of the family.  Without planning, some major decisions are required about the type of care, a suitable location, finance and making sure everything is ok once the move is completed.  Without advanced planning, some of these decisions come as a big shock to the family.

Choosing a home
Social services and medical staff confirm the choice between a residential or nursing home.  Residential care homes provide help to allow residents to lead their lives as independently as possible, whereas nursing homes provide care supervised by medically qualified staff.  There are homes that provide both.
The local authority can help with the choice of home and in many cases can arrange for a trial short stay visit.
The final choice must concur with the local authority on the following points:
  • There is a place available
  • It is suitable for the needs of the person entering the care home
  • Social services can agree a contract with the owners to ensure the right level of care is provided
  • The home does not cost more than the social services usually pays for the level of care needed by the person entering the home.  If it does, someone else Is required to pay the difference.
There is wide range of options from single rooms and double rooms should you wish to share.  Some rooms are en-suite, but others have shared bathroom facilities.  Most care homes attempt to make rooms and facilities as personal and comfortable as possible.
It might help to make a check list:
  • Location – easy for visitors, shops and doctor?
  • Security, comfort, telephone, quiet room, garden, laundry, pets welcome?
  • Meals – quality, variety, meal times, special diet?
  • Staff – friendly, respect privacy, night duty?
  • Do the residents look happy and well cared for, trial stay, meet religious reqirements, waiting list?
  • Will the person who requires care be happy staying there?

The next blog will look at financing care home fees.