Choosing a Care Home for a loved one is one of the most important decisions you will make.
People often have to consider looking for a care home during a personal or family crisis such as a serious illness or fall requiring hospitalisation, or following the death of a husband or wife who was the main carer. Invariably this means that they have to find a home quickly and with insufficient time to research and carefully consider all of the available options. Take your time and do not be rushed into making a decision; return for further visits if you are unsure which home you should choose or to ask further questions.
Make arrangements to visit at least three care homes, if possible more than once before making any decisions. Sample the food and observe what is going on in the home and talk to the residents. Watch interaction between the staff and residents. Meet the home manager, as they will be setting the standards by which the home runs.
The best indication of a good home is that the residents appear happy and responsive, and that individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The following points are considered to be indicators of quality care: