Choosing a care home takes time and careful consideration
Moving into a care home involves a major change in lifestyle, so carefully thinking through the options is essential. Whether you are looking for a care home for yourself or for a relative, it needs to be a considered and well informed decision.
Firstly, what type of care is required?
Different homes will offer different levels of care, and not all will be able to offer continued care in the event that a resident’s health deteriorates. At Forest Care our care homes cater for all levels of care:
Finding the right care home
Once the type of care has been identified, you can start your search for a suitable care home, as well as exploring the available funding options. It is important at this stage to contact your local authority to see what financial support might be available.
Inspection reports by the Care Quality Commission – the regulator for the care sector – are a useful source of information about care homes. Reports should be readily available to access on a care home’s website and will give a good indication of the home’s standards of quality.
However, nothing can beat a visit to a home to see it at first hand. A good look around and the opportunity to speak to staff and residents will give you a good feel for the home and help you decide whether it’s right for you or your family member.