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Five Tips When Choosing a Care Home for a Loved One

Deciding that it’s time to choose a care home for a loved one can be an emotional time, not least because it means trying to find somewhere that can offer the most appropriate care for your friend or family member. When choosing a care home, there are many factors to consider, and where to start can feel quite daunting. Here are five tips to consider when choosing a care home for your loved one.

What type of care do they need?

Ascertaining the type of care your loved one needs is the best starting point, as you will then be able to filter care homes accordingly. It could be that the care could be carried out in their own home, meaning that they can maintain more independence for a longer period of time. If not, things to consider would include extent of mobility, dietary needs, medical needs, mental health needs, and their specific capabilities.


Start by researching, which can include asking other friends and family members for recommendations, or speaking to people in the local area. If your family member is able, it’s important to include them in the process so they don’t feel as though the decision is out of their hands. When you’ve shortlisted a few homes, visit them to ascertain suitability, taking note of staff, facilities, general cleanliness, and the demeanour of other residents.

Talk to the staff

The staff make the home what it is, so it’s important to take time to talk to them. As you walk around the home, ask questions around daily routine, facilities (including social), and visiting protocols. Asking to see the care home’s CQC report, or looking at it online, may also help with decision making.

Cost of care

Care homes can eat a big hole in savings, so make sure you know from the outset what the costs are and if there are any services not included. It’s important to work through your loved one’s financials to see if they are liable to pay for their own care costs, and what assets they have that may have to be sold to fund the care. If this is the case, a solicitor will be able to offer their advice.

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