Getting old is something that happens to us all whether we like it or not. As we grow older some of us can no longer take care of ourselves in the way we should. Some of us are lucky that we have a large family who can help and care for us others don't or they don't want to be a burden on their families. If this is the case they may decide that moving in to a care home is the best option for them. Once you have decided that a care home is the right decision for you and / or your relative the next step is choosing a care home.
If you're thinking about moving into a care home or are thinking of moving a relative into one here are some things you might wish to consider so that you can choose the one that is most suitable for your needs:
How far away from your loved ones is the care home located. If they had to come to you in an emergency is it easy for them to get there especially in the middle of the night. If you have a lot of close family they will want to visit you often so make sure that you aren't too far away.
- Type of Accommodation
Are you a single person wanting to move in to a care home or a couple who still want to live together but can no longer cope on your own,. many care homes offer both single and double rooms.
- Level of Care Needed
Some people when they move into a care home need very little care at all others need 24 hour care. Depending on your needs will depend on the type of care home that would be most suitable for you.
- Payment of Care
The one thing I have learnt from when we've had older relatives move into care homes is that no two homes are the same and although one may be suitable for one relative it will be completely and utterly unsuitable for another. I like that there's such a diversity in care homes available throughout the UK. But I would recommend that anyone thinking about moving to a care home should do their research thoroughly. Make sure that the home is exactly what they want before they make their choice.