Determining whether it’s the right time for you or your loved one to move into a care home is an extremely personal decision that will depend on a number of factors. Below are some considerations to help you evaluate your situation:
Health and Care Requirements – Assess the individual’s current health condition and care needs. If requirements are complex, for example, if the elderly person requires daily help to bathe, dress and manage medication, a care home could provide the necessary support.
Safety – Consider the safety of the individual’s current living environment. If their home possesses significant risks or challenges, a care home that features specialised facilities and accessibility may offer a safer living arrangement.
Social Support – Evaluate the individual’s social support system. If they’re expressing feelings of isolation or loneliness, a care home can provide the opportunity for regular social engagement.
Financial Considerations – Understand the expenses involved, including accommodation, meals, services and any additional care required. Assess whether the individual has the appropriate financial means to support the transition into a care home.
At Jackman’s Lodge, we understand you may be nervous about paying for your, or your loved ones, care. Click here to access some helpful information on paying for a care home.
Personal Preferences Consider the individual’s personal desires and how they align with the lifestyle and services provided in a care home. Reflect on what’s most important to them, whether that’s privacy, independence, regular activities or socialisation.
When considering moving into a care home, it can also be beneficial to discuss your situation with a healthcare professional. They will be in the position to offer tailored guidance by assessing your needs, exploring the options available to you, and providing valuable insight.