When selecting a care home for your elderly relative, it is imperative that more than one person from the family (if available) views the care home – as it can reduce the level of emotion involved in the selection process. It is a challenging and difficult time to consider moving a loved one into a residential care setting, but as a relative, you are predominantly concerned with their safety and ongoing health. Here are some simple checks to consider when viewing a care home:
Location and building:
- Where is the care home?
- How easy is it to access the care home? Are there easy transport links?
- Does the home seem clean and inviting?
- What is the accessibility of the care home?
- Is there a relaxed and friendly atmosphere?
- How busy are the staff? Is there a feeling that residents are kept busy?
- How much room is there for personal belongings?
Day to day life:
- Are there books / magazines / televisions available for residents?
- Are residents encouraged to stay active and healthy during the day?
- How are events publicised?
- Are residents allowed outside for some fresh air?
- Are there any restrictions on visiting times?
- Are young children welcome to visit?
- Are there strict rising times and bedtimes?
- Can dietary requirements be considered?
- What are the bathing facilities?
- Is the home registered to provide the level of care required?
- What are the procedures in place if a resident is taken ill?
- What are the procedures for check-ups at the doctors / dentist?
- Is there a manager on duty at all times?
- What are the accessibility facilities for the toilets and bathrooms?
Contracts and fees:
- Are the care home’s regulation reports available?
- How are the fees structured?
- Is a top-up payment required for local-authority assisted residents?
- How are your valuables kept secure?
For more information about some other considerations when selecting a care home, please visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/care-homes/care-home-checklist/location-and-building/