Key considerations to make when choosing a Care Home in the UK

Location, location, location

Locality is an important factor when choosing a care home. Make sure the home is situated as close as possible to the family and friends of your loved one, making it easier for them to make regular visits. Finding a facility in a nice area with good local amenities is also a bonus.

Helping hands

The staff employed by a nursing home play the most important role in assuring that elderly residents are safe, happy and well looked after. Make sure that any care home you consider employs qualified medical professionals and conducts suitable screening procedures for all members of staff.

Good housekeeping

When undertaking an introductory tour of a care home take note of how pleasant the surroundings are. If bedrooms, toilets, communal rooms and outside spaces are unclean and untidy with dated decoration this might suggest a less than comfortable living environment for an elderly resident.

The needs of your loved one

Always seek assurance that a residential home can facilitate the individual care needs of your loved one. Clinical provision for conditions such as dementia and arthritis, facilities that aid mobility and special dietary requirements are just some of the considerations.

Activities and entertainment

It’s essential for an elderly person in residential care to feel stimulated and engaged. A varied schedule of community activities and entertainment such as live music, exercise classes and bingo can not only increase happiness and well-being but prevent elderly residents from becoming bored and isolated.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC monitor, inspect and regulate services including residential care homes to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. They publish their findings on every elderly care facility in the UK, making their reports a hallmark of quality care. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to find out more about the elderly care facilities offered by the Hart Care home here in Yelverton, Devon please call our team on 01822 853491.

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