Selecting a care home for your loved one can be one of the hardest decisions in life, especially as the decision is often made in time of a crisis or care emergency.
We understand the enormity of the situation and the emotional implications this has on both the individual and their nearest and dearest.
Gabriela Zackova, Director of Wellbeing and Dementia at Loveday and a Specialist Advisor to the CQC offers advice on choosing a care home, to help navigate through this immensely difficult time.
Be prepared- making the move into a care home is stressful. Reduce the stress by doing preliminary work in advance so the decision isn’t rushed. Start looking early as good homes have waiting lists and you’ll get to see as many homes as possible more than once if needed.
Visit the shortlist of homes. Use the below as a guide of things to assess whilst you’re doing a tour(and score!). Also, try to speak with the carers and also residents if possible to gauge their happiness and possibly ask to speak with a resident’s family member to get their feedback!
|Is the home clean|
|Are the residents happy|
|What are the menus? Is the food fresh?|
|What is the visitor policy? - Are there specific visiting hours or are doors always open?|
|What are the residents doing? - Are they doing activities - Do they seem happy|
|Evidence of excursions and activities - how will their hobbies and interests be integrated?|
|How are the care team interacting with the residents?|
|Is the environment stimulating, are the residents engaged?|
|Does the home have a routine or are they reactive to resident’s needs? i.e. if someone eats at night, wakes up very early or very late, will their routine be accommodated or will they need to conform to a schedule|
Published: 30th of September 2021 by Loveday & Co
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