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4. Choosing a Care Home Provider

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This article has been created to provide advice on what to look for and the questions you should ask when choosing a care home.

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Not all Care Homes are the same: different homes for different people

Here at TrustedCare we believe in celebrating and respecting our differences; through doing this we learn and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves. A strong sense of self is helpful when it comes to deciding upon a care home. Just like no two people are the same, no two care homes are the same. It is so important to visit home’s and meet the Manager before deciding which home is right for you or a loved one.

What type of care are you looking for?

When shortlisting care homes it is a good idea to first decide what type of care best suits you. The three main types of care home and the type of care they offer are explained further below:

Dementia Care – This is solely for people with a diagnosis of dementia, be it Alzheimer’s, or a less common form of dementia. As well as having carers who are trained in meeting the needs of people with dementia, homes are often adapted to suit the needs of people with dementia. Homes aim to provide a comfortable environment whilst ensuring the safety of residents.

Residential Care – Residential care homes offer 24-hour personal and practical support to residents. District nurses and GPs will make regular visits to the home, so if you have mobility issues but your care needs can mostly be met by carers then a residential care home should suit your needs.

Nursing Care – If you need specialist nursing care then a Nursing Home is your best option. A trained nurse will be on duty 24-hours a day to provide nursing care as and when it is needed. Commonly people with a long-term, life-limiting Illness or disability require nursing support.

Are all residential care homes the same?

The simple answer is no. From decor and home-layout to facilities and activities available, all homes are different.

Some care homes have on-site hairdresser’s, restaurants, libraries and so-on, some homes organise for services to come to them and others choose to organise visits to relevant services. The Care Home Manager will be able to inform you on all services offered at the home.

Most homes organise events and activities based on the interests of residents, again the home Manager will be able to share more information on this with you.

In conclusion, visit homes, meet the residents and the Manager, this will help you decide on what care home is right for you.