Looking for the best care home for your loved one, is quite probably one of the most difficult things you will do. It will almost certainly be one of the most guilt ridden things that you do.
As somebody who offers a bespoke care home search service for families and individuals who want to find the very best care, I am going to start sharing with you the care homes that I think are worthy of note and those that, based on my experience and that of my clients, we would recommend to you.
I am going to begin with Signature at the Miramar. Based in Herne Bay this care home is purpose built on the old Miramar hotel site. It is situated in a residential area and several of it's apartments overlook the sea. Yes, you heard me correctly. Apartments.
This care home provides the level of accommodation that most care homes only dream of. Ranging from a studio apartment with a large en suite wet room, not forgetting the heated floor fully controlled by the resident, small kitchen area and bed/sitting room - all the way to a large two bedroom apartment with a fully fitted kitchen and sitting room with enough space for a three piece suite and all the trimmings and of course the large wet room.
This care home has communal lounges for those that would prefer a little company, an attractive dining room with linen table cloths and every time I have visited the Miramar I haven't seen a TV switched on in any room.
I had lunch with a client at the Miramar last week. It was a Friday so fish and chips were offered, along with scampi and chips and a vegetarian option. The meal consisted of three courses and to be honest if you are used to being served meals on wheels every day, it wasn't bad. As a bit of a foodie and aware of the research that suggests the older generation need more seasoned food in order to encourage eating, I think they could have done a little better. But on the whole six out of ten.
At Chosen with Care we want to inform families, before there is a crisis, about the issues that need to be considered when you are looking for a care home. At a recent care event that we organised, we talked about everything to do with care. At the event we spoke to a lovely couple and received this testimonial -
'My Mum spoke to me for quite a while on Sunday, to say how impressed she had been and how glad they were they had gone along. Both my Nanna and Grandma had dementia before they died and my Uncle has it now. They did not know about the affect small strokes have on developing Dementia and following the advice they received, my Dad is going to attend his doctors and demand an MRI scan, as he had a stroke about a year ago.
Thank you from myself as well, this has been really helpfully for my parents.' Jonathan H.