Finding the very best care home takes time and effort and at Chosen with Care we welcome any new source of information. The news that the NHS have added care homes to it's comparison website is great news.
Care homes have been added to My NHS, part of the My Choices NHS website. It will allow users to leave ratings and reviews so that others can use them to assess the service offered - a similar service to Trip Advisor.
The services that can be investigated are;
user reviews - including star ratings
Care Quality Commission inspection ratings of care homes
Food Hygiene Standard rating
levels of staff turnover
whether the home has a registered manager in post
key information such as location, services on offer, contact details
Unfortunately as a new service there are very few reviews available at the present time. Hopefully this will change soon. Personally we wait to see how the site progresses, but welcome any information on care homes from the people that know them the best - the residents and relatives.
Just a quick update – I’ve now visited all but one of the Nursing Homes in the report, and we have decided on Gloucester House in Sevenoaks, which Mum is happy with. It is actually 5 minutes from my Brother’s house, but we didn’t even know it was there so we are grateful for Chosen with Care for letting us know if it’s existence!
Mum moves in during week commencing 30th January, so she should be settled in in time for her Birthday so we will have a little ‘room-warming/birthday party’ that weekend.
I think that being so close to my brothers house will help her settle in and feel at home. thanks so much for your help.