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.
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