Questions to Ask When Choosing a Care Home

There’s so much to take into account when it comes to choosing between care homes or nursing homes that it can sometimes feel overwhelming to think about. And that’s understandable considering just how important a decision this is to make. After all, you are helping to choose where a loved one will be happiest during their later years.

While there are a number of things to take into consideration, that doesn’t mean the decision-making process has to be a difficult one. If you break the process down into smaller considerations, then the task becomes much more manageable. In fact, it can actually become something quite exciting when you realise all the different possibilities and options available to provide your loved one with the best quality of life.

The decision to move into a care home is not one that anyone takes lightly but it also shouldn’t be one to cause stress. It can actually provide relief, as you know that your loved one will be able to get the best possible standard of care, which is custom suited to their individual needs. Here, we’ll go through some questions to ask when looking for care homes in order to help take the pressure off when going through your options and allow you to see the move with a lot more positivity in regards to the bright future that lies ahead.

  • What kind of care does my relative need?

This is, of course, the first question that needs to be answered when wondering how to find a care home for elderly relatives, and it can be a complicated one. Ultimately, the kind of care that is best suited for your relative can only be answered by a medical professional. They can assess the type of risks your loved one faces not only from any medical conditions they may be suffering with but also from day-to-day factors such as their risk of falls.

Conversations with a doctor and your loved one, alongside care home staff are all cornerstones of ensuring that all their care needs are properly met. This is all about open and honest communication and is the foundation for a higher quality of life moving forward. At Melrose Care Home, we offer a wide variety of care options in order to provide the best possible care for each person’s individual needs.

  • Is the location suitable?

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding care homes is that it means that you and your loved one will have less quality time together. In reality, it can mean a lot more, especially if you are the person providing their home care and much of your relationship has now become centered around that dynamic.

With the care side of things being dealt with by professionals, you can instead focus on enjoying each other’s company. And, of course, a suitable location for friends and family to visit is really important to this. While care homes can also provide the opportunity for residents to create new relationships, it should also be a place where they can improve and nourish existing relationships too.

3. What kind of reputation does it have?

Whether or not your chosen home has a good reputation is one of the most important questions to ask when choosing a care home. The reputation amongst residents and their loved ones, as well as the wider care community, is proof that the quality of service advertised is the same that your loved one will receive.

At Melrose Care Home, we are proud to say that we have won several awards for our care service, but the most important proof of our reputation has to be the opinions of our residents themselves. Quotes can be found on our website from several people who we have had the joy of caring for in recent years.

  • Does it allow the residents to live as they want to?

People often think of a care home as being something that diminishes independence. This couldn’t be further from the truth. At Melrose, our job is to provide the care and facilities needed so our residents can be as independent as possible.

This individual-focused approach extends to everything from food to activities, meaning that we strive to provide every resident with the opportunities they need to pursue their interests and, ultimately, live the life they want to. A good care home should always allow people the space to grow in whatever way they please.

  • What costs are involved?

One of the things that people get most stressed about is the costs of a care home. There’s no doubt that this can be complicated, with the financial support available depending on a care needs assessment. However, the basic principle of this is simple: if you are earning less, you will receive more.

A lot of people don’t actually realise what they are entitled to, with many people not claiming benefits they could be receiving. If you are unsure about what you or a loved one is entitled to when it comes to care home costs, then you can get free advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau. There’s also more information available on our site.