Independent Age: Choosing the Right Care Home

People often find themselves doing this in a hurry when there’s a health crisis, but it’s a good idea to think about what you’d like sooner rather than later and discuss this with your family or friends.

Where to start
You should start by having a care needs assessment. This will give you more information about the care you need, and help you think about what support would be best for you. 

Choosing a care home to suit your care needs
There are various types of care home available, depending on the level and type of care you need. The outcome of your care needs assessment should give you an idea of which one would be right for you. If you’re moving as a couple, it can be more difficult to find a home to cater for both your needs

Residentail care homes
These offer personal care, including help with washing, eating and drinking, going to the toilet and taking medication. 

Care homes with nursing care
These offer personal care, but also have qualified nurses on duty at all times. They may specialise in particular illnesses or disabilities, such as dementia.

Care homes offering some residential and some nursing care places
These might be a good option if, for example, your condition is likely to deteriorate and you don’t want to move twice.