How to choose a care home for yourself or your loved one
When choosing the right care home for yourself or a loved one you may find yourself looking at quite a few before making a decision. Here at Jackman’s Lodge, we understand how difficult this decision can be. Our compassionate team have carefully put together a choosing a care home checklist to help you become aware of things to look out for and questions you may like to ask. Some of our care home advice includes:
What questions should you ask when finding the right care home?
First Impressions — Are the grounds maintained? Does the staff seem welcoming? Does the home smell and look clean? Are the rooms nicely decorated?
Accessibility — Is there good wheelchair access to the home? Are there enough parking spaces for visitors? Are friends and family able to easily visit?
Staff — Do staff get to know residents’ interests and lives? Is there a manager on shift duty? Is there a suitable ratio of staff during the day and night?
Visitors — Are there any set times that family members can visit? Are children welcome? Is there a space for visitors and residents to spend time together?
Activities — Are residents encouraged to be social and stay active? Do residents seem happy and occupied? Are staff engaging with residents?
Contracts — Are you able to view the terms and conditions of the contract? Is there a trial period? What happens if a resident is unhappy and wants to move?
Fees — What are the home’s fees? Are they clearly structured and presented? Are the fees reviewed each year?
Feedback — Are residents and family members encouraged to give feedback? Are complaints dealt with appropriately? Is the manager approachable?
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it so important to find the right care home?
How will I know if Jackman’s Lodge is the right care home for my loved one?
How do I know if my loved one is ready to move into a care home?
My loved one is worried about losing their independence. How do you encourage your residents to remain independent?
What happens if my loved one’s needs change?
Get in touch
For further information about our elderly care home checklist, get in touch. Our friendly team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about finding the right care home for yourself or your loved one.