Starting to consider care options for you or a loved one, can be a difficult and emotional time. Understanding your options, sifting through all the advice and simply choosing the right care home, can often be a little confusing and overwhelming.
Here at Wellburn, we want to make this as easy and stress free as possible for you, which is why we've created this section. It will walk you though the process, offering tips and advice on how to choose the right care home. We've also created a booklet to accompany this section. Our 'Guide to choosing the right care home' booklet, will help you ask all the right questions, look for all the right things and score as you go, when you're out and about visiting potential care homes. You can request a copy to be popped in the post to you, at the bottom of this page.
Whether one of our homes is right for you or not, we're here for you every step of the way, to provide some guidance on the factors you might want to consider in choosing a care home.UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEEDS
There are many different types of care homes, ranging from homes which provide specialist nursing or dementia care to others which simply offer a safe and comfortable new home for people who may need a little assistance with daily life. Which one you choose will obviously depend on the level of care required. Most homes will work with the person entering care to undertake a full care assessment, often with input from family or friends, social workers, care managers or GPs.:
Many care home residents have strong social and family connections in their local communities, and will often stay in the same area to maintain these relationships. For others, moving into a care home can provide an opportunity to move closer to family or friends to make it easier for them to visit or provide additional support. Once you have an understanding of the type of care required and the location which best meets your needs, you can start to develop a shortlist of homes. There are a number of online care home directories which can provide a good place to start, or you can just use a few Google searches to narrow your search.
At this stage you should also take some time to check third party reviews of some of the care homes you may be considering. The established independent regulator for care homes in England is called the Care Quality Commission. They undertake regular inspections of all care homes to ensure they meet government standards and can help identify any areas for concern.
DRAW UP A SHORTLIST
Once you have shortlisted a number of homes, it is well worth the time to visit each of them to look around, meet the manager, speak to staff and residents and get a feel for life within that home. Just like family homes, care homes differ considerably in character and atmosphere and it is important to find an environment in which you or your loved one feels comfortable. This is very much about personal choice and a visit to the home will enable you to get a feel about everything from the care home team and how they approach care to the general buzz and atmosphere of a home.
COST OF CARE
The cost of care can vary greatly depending on the level of support required, but there may well be some options available to help fund the support you need. It’s important to know your entitlements at this stage, and to ensure you discuss the costs thoroughly with each care home manager to ensure you have a full understanding of what your care will cost. We know this is one of the biggest concerns for people looking for care, so have included a section on this site to help you better understand your funding options.
When you do find the right care home, moving in can be the start of a positive new life. Many of our residents take up new hobbies or are able to rekindle interests that weren’t possible without the help of friendly and supportive staff. They make new friends and learn new skills which enable them to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Request a Guide
To order a copy of our super useful "Guide to choosing a care home', simply click and complete the order form, and we'll pop it straight in the post for you.