Looking for the right care home is a daunting and often, emotional, task. In order to evaluate the best area to look for a care home in, it is important to contact the respective local authority or social worker, to get a list of homes in the areas you are looking in. The best way to suss out if a home is the right one for yourself or your loved one is by visiting it in person, having a walk-around and meeting with the staff. The best person to talk to is the respective care home’s Home Manager. You might also want to spend some time talking with residents and their relatives, to find out if the home is right for you or your loved one.

Choosing Your Home

Whilst at the home, this simple checklist might help:

  • Are you happy with the welcome that you received?
  • Is the environment including the communal areas and bedrooms suitable for your needs?
  • Are your specific care needs able to be adequately provided for?
  • Are you able to fit in with the existing community within the home?
  • Is the home in the right location for you or your relatives to make regular visits?
  • Is the home easily accessible by public transport?
  • Are there shops and other facilities nearby?
  • Can the home accommodate your religious beliefs and ethnic interests?
  • Are mealtimes enjoyable and fun – ask the home if you can try the food?
  • Can my dietary requirements be met?
  • Is there a wide range of activities to keep you active and involved?
  • Does the home’s philosophy promote your desired level of independence?
  • Can you furnish your room with your own belongings?
  • Make sure you read the last CQC inspection report and ask any questions you feel are appropriate to the Home Manager

Paying for Care

“Paying For Care” is a national information and advice service helping older people, their families, friends and carers make informed choices when faced with having to pay for their own care. The service is impartial, not for profit and free to use.