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Choosing residential care

Making the decision to move into residential care can be a daunting one. Once done the prospect of choosing the right home can seem equally bewildering. However, to help you make the right choice we have put together some aspects of living in a care home that you may wish to consider:

Trial period:

Most homes will be happy to accept potential residents on a trial basis, to see whether they can meet your needs, and for you to see if life in a care home is what you expected.

Level of care:

Is the home able to provide the care you need?

Personal needs:

Can the home cater for any cultural, spiritual or dietary needs you have? If you are a smoker, what is the smoking policy?

What about your personality:

Do you like a routine and a setting where a lot of things are done for you; or would you prefer to be encouraged to be as independent as possible, and expect to be consulted about most decisions?

Location:

Is the home near enough to family and friends so you will be able to have visitors?

Social activities:

What activities are organised, and how often? Will you be able to keep up any hobbies you are still able to do?

Meals:

What are the meals like? How much choice is there? Does the home turn them into social occasions?

Facilities:

If the communal lounge has a television how/by whom are the programmes chosen? Is there a separate room where there is no television, for those who want to be quiet, or to be able to have conversation with visitors?

Pets:

Can you bring your pet if you have one? Does the home have a pet?

Associations:

Is there a residents’/relatives’ association or committee?

What happens if…:

You become more frail or your needs change? Can the home cope or will you have to move?

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