1st May 2015

A step by step guide to finding the best care home - part 1

Getting started.

Planning ahead in order to find the right care home is crucial and will allow you to make an informed choice.

Talk to your relative and the rest of the family to discuss the best location for a home, bear in mind where friends and relatives live.
Ensure that the homes you are looking at meet the medical needs of your relative, for example they offer nursing or dementia care if required.
Discuss how you will fund the home, speak to a specialist care fees advisor with the SOLLA accreditation. Ensure you have spoken to a solicitor concerning Lasting Power of Attorney.

Websites to visit when you are looking for a care home;

www.carehome.co.uk for a list of care homes in England.
www.cqc.org.uk to read the reports from the Care Quality Commission who regulate care in England.

My wife Doreen is disabled and has Alzheimer's. If that were not enough, she recently fell and broke her arm! At that moment my life changed, as I was no longer able to continue caring for her. A friend suggested that I talk to Debbie. We arranged a meeting at which she advised that I should have a plan for the future; we first agreed that the plan should be to get Doreen back home. Debbie recommend that I get Doreen out of hospital as soon as possible and into a care home for respite, advising me what to look for when selecting the home (vital). We further went into any requirements our own home might need to enable Doreen's safe return. Once home, Home Care will be needed, and Debbie again had all the contacts to provide this to meet my needs. I will not go into other offerings on her menu - needless to say she has all the answers and was able to lift the burden from my shoulders at a very stressful time. A very big thank you Debbie as our plan is beginning to take shape.