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.

Thank you so much for your help! As a result of the information you gave me over the phone and the Care Summary and literature you emailed me, we have been able to find Michael a great home. I don't know how we would have found these homes without your help. Thank you.