Choosing a Care Home

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:

Cedar Lodge – nursing, respite
Holly Lodge – nursing, dementia, respite
Rowan Lodge – residential, nursing, dementia, respite
Oak Lodge – nursing, respite

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.

Free Care Guide

Download our practical guide which provides impartial and useful information on choosing the right care home and looking at the care options available.



 On Saturday 12th August, my husband and I attended a vintage car event held in the car park of the home. There was a good selection of vintage cars on display and two couples in 40's costumes were jiving to music in the centre. Although my mum wasn't present, there were plenty of residents enjoying the nostalgia. The sun was shining and staff also made an effort to dress up and were serving milkshakes. A great effort.

Rowan Lodge

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View Live Information on this website under  the section ‘Our Homes’ to see what is happening today.
Holly Lodge – Wild Science will be visiting us on the 23rd August at 2.30pm. Join us in the Activities Room.
Cedar Lodge – Stephen will be here to entertain us on the 27th August in the Lounge at 2.30pm.