08 February 2022

Tips for Choosing the Right Care Home For Your Loved One

Residential Care Homes in the UK

There are several factors to consider when deciding on the appropriate care home for your loved one. This will depend on what their individual needs are, if they have dementia or nursing care needs and if you want to be within close distance of them, amongst other factors.

Key Tips to Choose a Care Home For Your Family Member: 

#1 - Type of Care:

This is possibly the topmost priority in considering where to place an older loved one. The type of care will depend on their need, as mentioned above but you need to consider that there are care homes that cater to specific needs. The main types are residential, dementia care homes and nursing care homes. You will need to speak to your loved ones’ health care professional and do a needs assessment of your older loved one. You can also do this with help from the potential care homes you might consider. 

#2 - Location:

The location of the care home is key and this will help you narrow down the choice by area. Minster Care Group’s “Our Care Homes” section has a search bar and a map depicting all our homes, that will help make navigation easier. We have homes across the UK and there is a choice for everyone as we cater to various different types of care needs. Another useful tool for this search is carehome.co.uk or your friend Google. 

#3 - Cost:

Deciding on care involves costs you might not have previously considered. It is important to seek advice on the options for paying for care. This can be found here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/paying-for-care/paying-for-a-care-home/

If you are considering social care funded options, you can look up advice on this or speak to a social worker.

#4 - Check out a Care Home in Person:

It is important to go to a potential care home that you might choose for your loved one, as it will give you a better feel for the cleanliness, safety measures, facilities available and the attitudes of the staff. 

#5 - Consider the Types of Activities Provided:

This should rank quite highly on your list, as activity is important for keeping your older loved one mentally and physically stimulated. Well-rounded activity has shown evidence to slow factors that affect cognitive decline and participating in regular activities will mean less likelihood of social isolation for your older loved one. A home that ticks all the boxes should also tick the ‘good activity provision’ box as it is key to stimulating your loved one and keeping happy and entertained.

#6 - Read Reviews:

You can often find reviews on a care home in the home’s reviews/comments book in the front entrance. You can also find these on the home’s carehome.co.uk listing and on Google reviews. Reading reviews can give you a better understanding of peoples’ perceptions of the care home and how the care is provided, which might make narrowing a care home easier.

#7 - Cleanliness:

You can only access this by going into the home and possibly by reading reviews. It is best to go into the home and notice smells and how care staff are attending to residents. If the home is clean and smells good and staff are quick to attend to vulnerable residents, then it likely has very high cleanliness and therefore high care standards.

#8 - Look for Accessibility-friendly Features:

This may or may not be important for your loved one but if their mobility is impaired, it is important to consider any accessibility features around the home, to make sure that most areas are accessible for your loved one. Look out for things like ramps and lifts.

#9 - Check the Home’s CQC Rating:

You are likely to get a good understanding about the quality of care by looking at the home’s CQC rating. While this isn’t always reflective of the home’s care all of the time, it is a very good indicator of the following criteria that CQC use to evaluate care homes – that they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

#10 - The Home Manager’s Response to Your Queries:

How a Home Manager responds to your questions is a vital part of how the care will be approached in the home. If the home manager readily responds to questions and enthusiastically answers them and asks other questions, then it is likely that the staff are not only knowledgeable but passionate about their job.

Final Words:

At Minster Care Group’s care homes, we aim to provide all of the above and more for both you and your loved one. We ensure the highest care standards and have an open feedback policy, where you have ample opportunity for us to hear your opinions and suggestions. At Minster Care Group, we believe our staff at all of our homes go above and beyond, to ensure comfort, enjoyment and dignity for your loved one. Contact us at enquiries@minstercaregroup.co.uk.