Senior Care Center’s Tips for Choosing the Best Care Home
It can be difficult to find the best care home for either a loved one or yourself. We have compiled a list of some of the best tips offered by NHS as well as other organizations in England to allow you to make the best decision.
Here are five steps you should following when looking for the best care home according to Senior Care Center:
Step 1: Be sure to consider all of the options that are available to you
Moving to a care home will cost a lot of money along with involving a major change in where you or a loved one lives.
It is recommended that you first consider the least costly and disruption options, such as sheltered accommodation or support for living independently at home. You can seek advice from the senior placement center to help guide you through the different options.
Step 2: Understand the different kinds of care homes that are available
Care homes may offer care until a person can transfer to a different service, live independently or provide a permanent residence. There are two major kinds of home cares for individuals who are unable to live independently at home.
The first type is referred to as residential care homes. This type ranges in size from large scale services to small homes and provides personal care and accommodation all through the day and night.
Professional staff might help with using the toilet, with meals, dressing, and washing.
There are also nursing homes that provide the same types of care that residential services do, along with 24-hour medical care provided by a qualified nurse.
There are some are homes that specialize in providing support to individuals who have specific needs, like severe disabilities or dementia. Care homes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and are able to provide information on both types of homes.
Step 3: Be clear about how you will be funding your care
If you need financial assistance, your local authority may be able to help with your care costs. How much you receive will depend on how much you are able to pay and what your needs are.
A guide on paying for care has been produced by the Money Advice Service. The first step that they recommend is to contact your local authority’s social services department to find out whether or not you are eligible to receive funding.
It is the legal duty of your local authority to conduct an assessment to determine what type of help you need. A guide has been produced by the Money Advice Service that explains the way that care needs assessments to work so that you will know what to expect.
Step 4: Search for a suitable care home
It is critical to choose a care home that is right for you. It is recommended that you do research before visiting a home.
Some of the most important things to consider include the services provided by the home, cost of care, and the home’s location.
You should visit the website or call the care home and ask for their brochure to learn more. Find out if they have openings available. You should also read the most recent inspection report by the CQC on the care home and find out if the local Healthwatch has visited the home and issued a report.
Another thing you can do is visit your local Healthwatch visit or speak to someone there to find out if they have visited the care home and produced a report on a facility you are researching.
Step 5: Make your choice
So how can you tell if a care home that you are considering is the best one for you?
Eight indicators have been developed by Independent Age, along with the support from Healthwatch Camden, that can be used for judging a care home’s quality.
These indicators include an open environment that seeks feedback from residents and uses it and has enough staff with the skills and time to do their jobs.
Most experts recommend that a checklist be made of the things you want to look for along with questions that you want to ask the staff.