Choosing a care home

Choosing the right care home for yourself or a loved one is an important decision that needs careful consideration.

What do I need to consider?

If you do have to go into a care home, where you will live will depend on certain factors. A lot will depend on what sort of needs you have, but also what’s available in your area to meet these needs. The NHS website provides more information on finding a care home in your area.

What are the options?

Care homes that provide personal care ensure that an individual receives help looking after their basic individual needs including their meals, bathing, taking medication etc. Some care homes offer specialist medical care and are often referred to as nursing homes. Some specialise in certain types of disability, such as dementia.

What should I look for or ask about when choosing a care home?

There are lots of things that you need to think carefully about when choosing a care home. To help you we’ve pulled together the following checklist.

  • Whether homes have been inspected by Quality Care Commission
  • Nursing qualifications
  • Specialisms (eg dementia)
  • Atmosphere and environment
  • Location and building
  • Personal possessions, pets
  • Domestic arrangements
  • Visitors
  • Costs