Choosing a care home

If you or a relative are thinking about moving to live in a care home it is important to find the right one for you. The links below will give you some more ideas about what to look for but here are some straightforward suggestions that might help:

Ask around

Think about what questions you'd like to ask or what is important to you

  • Is it close enough for family and friends to visit regularly
  • Are there shops nearby that you could get to
  • Does the home feel warm and friendly
  • What sort of activities are going on
  • Would you feel comfortable there?
  • Is there a residents' committee
  • Ask for the home's statement of purpose - is it right for you?

Talk to other people living at the home and their visitors

  • Are they happy at the home
  • Are they well cared for?
  • Are there activities that they enjoy doing provided?

Talk to the staff

  • Are they friendly and approachable or do they always seem too busy to talk?
  • Are they interested in you - do they want to know what your interests and hobbies are?

Planning for the move

  • Has someone from the home spent time with you to find out exactly what help you need
  • Have they talked to about what other things are important to you e.g. what you like to do; your family
  • Are you able to take furniture and objects you like to have around you
  • Have they prepared a care plan with you which includes all the above

Choosing a care home

Counsel and Care's leaflet - Care Homes - what to look for aims to help you make an informed decision about the care home you would like to live in.

Age UK - Care Homes leaflet

Search the Care Quality Commission directory of care homes and care services reports for the homes you are interested in

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