A step by step guide to finding the best care home - Part 5
Once you have narrowed your home down to the final one or two, go back for a second visit and have lunch. If possible take your relative or another family member.
Ensure you talk to the Manager and make sure that you get on with her and feel reassured that she is the best person to look after your relative.
If you would like some support in making this crucial decision Debbie Harris is an independent care home finder with many years experience.
Debbie will research care homes that meet your individual needs and view them on your behalf. She will then present you with shortlist of suggested homes that meet your requirements, saving you a huge amount of time and reassuring you that you have made the best choice for your relative.
Now that my husband is beginning to settle into his care home, I wanted to write and thank you for all your help and expertise in finding a suitable care home for him at a time when I was finding life very difficult.
I do not think I could have managed without you. I appreciated your practical support in organising all the visits and even return visits with other members of my husband’s family.
Your knowledge of how to assess a home and to know what to look for in any assessment cut out hours of my time trying to understand reports, particularly at a time when I could not think straight. Your understanding of my emotional situation was a real blessing.
Although the care home we chose is not in my immediate neighbourhood, I am still convinced that it suits his needs and he will settle in well to this new environment.
To find an expert in the unchartered waters of care homes at a time of personal distress was wonderful.
Very many thanks.
With every good wish