Finding the Right Care Home Handy Checklist

Should your relative’s requirements no longer be available at your home, there are advantages to changing to a care home, even though there may be downsides too. But, just knowing what to expect can help you make a realistic decision.

Here are a few things for starters, which you might want to consider before and when visiting a care home:

  • Make a note of homes that you would like to visit and take someone with you – a friend or relative to have a good look around the home. Take your questions with you and don’t be shy in asking the staff at the home all of them!
  • Intuition – we all have it and some feel it more than others! You will just know when a place feels right or not. Kind of like when you go to look at a house, as soon as you arrive and walk through the door, you know it’s the one you want. The same applies here and especially when you first meet the staff and residents.
  • Don’t feel hurried or pressurised into making any decision.

Questions You Need to Ask the Administrator:

  • Are the staff experienced and fully trained?
  • Are they caring and qualified for dealing with your needs?
  • Is the home completely accessible (e.g. Wheelchair friendly)?
  • Do they cater for special dietary requirements?
  • Can you have your own GP?
  • Can you bring your own pets?
  • Are personal belongings allowed in your room?

Questions Regarding the Location

  • Is it far from family or friends?
  • Are the surroundings attractive?
  • Is it set in a nice area of the UK, such as where Oxfordshire care homes are located?
  • Is there an outside seating area for residents?
  • How far is the nearest village, town or city?
  • Is there public transport nearby?
  • Is it near any shops, post office, pub etc.?
  • Can family and friends easily visit the home? Is there a parking area?

First impressions

  • Did you get a real feeling of welcome?
  • Is the atmosphere friendly?
  • Are the building and rooms clean and in good condition?
  • Does it look and feel homelike and inviting?
  • Does the home have a pleasant smell?
  • Do the residents look content and well taken care of?

Personal Care

  • Are they able to take care of all your needs?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • How often are your ‘care needs’ most likely to be reviewed?
  • Are you allowed to get up and go to bed whenever you wish?
  • Do dentists, opticians or hairdressers ever visit the home?
  • Can you continue to see your own GP?
  • How long will it take for relatives to be notified if you are taken sick?
  • Can you make your own drink or prepare some food if you get thirsty or hungry during the night?

Now, that should give you some idea of what kind of questions that you should be asking. Certainly don’t be shy, as it’s always in all of our best interests to know exactly what is what! May you be fortunate and successful in finding the perfect place!