What to Look For In a Care Home

Putting a relative into a care home can be a hard decision, however, with the rapidly ageing population means that more and more people are requiring the services of a residential care home.

In this day and age, giving up your job to look after your parent is just not viable in most cases. People need to work to pay for bills and general living expenses; including the fact that many people have a family of their own to look after.

If your parent or relative requires 24-hour care, a great avenue to explore is finding a safe and secure place in a residential care home. By the time you have decided to view care homes in Devon, it can give them a new lease of freedom and allow them to make new friends.

Make sure you have considered all your options

Moving into a care home can be an expensive process. NHS Choices ‘Your Guide to Care and Support’ is a great place to start, it advises you to think about the least disruptive and costly options first.

Understand the types of homes available

There are two main types of care homes for people who can’t live independently anymore in their own homes.

The first is called ‘residential care homes’. They range from small homes to large scale services and offer accommodation and personal care throughout the day and night. The staff can help with a variety of chores from washing, dressing, mealtimes to using the toilet.

And the second option is a ‘nursing homes’ which, as well as providing the same care as residential services, will also provide 24 hour medical care from a qualified nurse.

Be clear how your care will be funded

If you need financial support, your local authority might help with the costs of care. They have a legal duty to carry out an assessment to find out what help you require. The Money Advice Service also produced a guide explaining how care needs assessments work and what you should expect – it’s a great helpful guide to steer you in the right direction.

And if you have a complex medical problem, you could qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare funding. This is also an option to think about.

Searching for a suitable home

Other things to consider include the location of the home, the cost and the services the home offers. You should not only visit websites and request brochures to find out more, but also arrange a visit to the care home to see the facilities, to get a feel for the home and meet the staff. It’s also a great idea to read the latest inspection report about the care homes you are considering, by the CQC.

Making your choice

Do they have enough staff with the time and skills to do their job, and is it an open environment where resident feedback is sought and used.

By making a checklist of things to look out for and questions to ask staff will help you make the right decision in choosing your new home.