Are Balcombe Care Homes Right For Your Loved One?
Finding a suitable care home for a loved one is often stressful and difficult, but with a little preparation beforehand you can ensure that the home you select will offer the level of care and support needed, is affordable and offers the high-quality care that your loved one deserves.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Care Home
The level of care needed by an individual can vary from a little support with day-to-day activities to specialist dementia or nursing care, so it is important to identify what needs your loved one has. If you are unsure exactly what level of support is needed, a social work assessment with input from the person entering care as well as family or friends will help.
The location of a residential care home is another very important factor, as your loved one will want to maintain relationships with groups in the community and be close to friends or family so they are able to visit.
The Care Quality Commission inspects care homes in England and publishes the inspection reports, so you are able to check whether a home meets the government quality standards or if any concerns have been identified before arranging a visit. Scotland and Wales have their own independent regulators.
Factors to Check When Visiting a Care Home
When you have drawn up a shortlist of possible homes, the next step is to visit them to find out what daily life in the home is like, meet the manager and talk to residents and staff. Some people find it helpful to take a checklist of things to ask about, such as whether residents can take their own furniture, if the necessary equipment is provided and if the home caters for special dietary requirements. The manager will also be able to explain about which activities are available, what happens if residents are ill and whether visitors are welcome at any time.
Other people are happy to rely on their general impressions of the home after viewing the physical environment and watching interactions between residents and staff that can indicate whether there is a happy and caring atmosphere in the home.
The cost of care should also be discussed at this time to ensure that you understand it fully. If your loved one is eligible for help with funding, this should also be discussed.
Deciding on a Care Home
Whether your loved one needs a residential care home, a nursing home or a specialist dementia care home, you will find that one of Balcombe’s Care Homes will provide the care needed. Many of the homes offer both residential and nursing care, so that if a resident’s health deteriorates, they will be able to stay in the familiar environment with an increased level of support from trained nurses if necessary.
In addition to a comfortable and welcoming environment, each home in the group offers a care package tailored specifically to the needs of the individual, plenty of social activities and maximum choice and flexibility in their daily life. If you are searching for a care home in the South of England, why not get in touch with Balcombe Care Homes?