Searching for the right type of nursing home can be a traumatic experience. The quality of accommodation and care can vary significantly between each home and exploring the various options is often difficult. We understand that finding the right placement for your loved one is not an easy task, finding the right care can be a long and arduous process when time is at a premium. Each featured nursing home has a description, photographs and contact information enabling you to get further information and finally arrive at an informed decision.

All Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Domiciliary Care Agencies and Nursing Agencies in England are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. They are responsible for monitoring and reporting on the standards of Care Homes and Care Agencies. Similarly Care Homes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are regulated by Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales and The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority

Below is some general advice on factors to consider when choosing a Care Home. If you require more detailed personalised advice tailored to your precise situation, we recommend you speak to an Independent Care Adviser.

Generally there are two types of home:

a) Care Home provides assistance with personal care such as dressing and washing if required, staff can care for residents during short periods of illness.
b) Nursing Homes are better suited where more constant medical attention is needed.

When contacting Care Homes you may wish to consider the following questions:

How regularly do doctors visit the nursing home?

Does the care home cater for nursing as well as residential care? This would be preferable to moving at a later date if necessary.

Do the care homes retain their key staff? A long term relationship between staff and residents is key.

Does each home on your shortlist have space available at the time of expected admission?

Does the Home have a care plan or adopt a particular philosophy?

What emphasis does the home give to caring for the resident?

What makes this particular Home different from others you have enquired about?

Does the Care Home offer any special activities that will interest your loved one?

Does the geographical location make visiting by family and friends possible at any time? Regular visits are the best way to make sure that your loved one does well.

Are there sufficient local transport options available?

Are resident's religious denominations and cultural needs catered for?

Are special dietary requirements catered for?

These are just a few questions aimed at triggering your own. It is vital that you visit each short listed care home and ask your questions personally. Treat your visit as if you were buying a house and trust your feelings.

Author John Elsen
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