Choosing A Care Home: How To Make The Right Choice
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Choosing A Care Home:

How To Make The Right Choice




Thanks to medical advances and better nutrition, people in the West are living longer than ever before. And we're not just seeing more people living into their nineties and beyond; we're more robust and able to live fuller lives for longer. However, with an ageing population it becomes more likely that, at some point, elderly individuals will require supported living. Although often this can be provided in the person's home many will need to stay in a care home for the elderly.



Making the choice to go from independent living to staying in a care home can be a difficult one, especially for the person affected. The news is rife with reports of failing care homes and hospitals that seem unable to provide even the basics of care, and such scaremongering can make what is already a huge decision into a situation fraught with anxiety and stress. Here are some key points to keep in mind when making your choice of home.



Firstly, what level of care is required? All care homes should provide support for personal care. This includes assistance with washing and bathing, going to the toilet and other daily activities. However, if your loved one has a medical condition that requires regular attention then a home that requires nursing care is more suitable. These homes must have a qualified nurse on duty 24 hours a day to ensure adequate care is provided.



Once you understand which type of home will provide the right level of care, then it's time to look at the specific environment of the home.



A good home will subscribe to person-centred care. This means that they care for each person as an individual, and not simply based on any problems they have. Staff will get to know residents, their history and likes and dislikes so that they can provide care tailored to them. While you're visiting the home watch the staff closely. Are they hurrying to and fro with little attention paid to the residents, or do they spend time with each person, talking and listening to them?



A good care home will not simply have clean and functional accommodation, but will allow residents to personalise their room. This will be their new home and their right to have personal effects around them should be respected.



Make sure that the home also provides regular leisure activities, and doesn't simply leave residents in front of the television all day. A good home should also allow residents to integrate their own hobbies and pastimes into their routine, instead of forcing them to follow a prescribed programme.



These are just some things to be aware of. Moving into a care home is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly, but by making a careful and informed choice it can result in improved well-being for the individual.



This article was provided by Hallmark Care Homes, who operate a range of care homes in Essex, Wales and across the UK.










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