Choosing the right care home for you

Where to live is a one of the biggest decisions any of us will ever have to face. It's no lesser decision when you are choosing a care home either for yourself or an elderly relative. This article has some handy tips of what to consider.
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Nov. 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Choosing the right care home for you

Making the decision to move into a residential care home can be a daunting prospect.  There will be many questions that you would like answered, and many fears that you would like allayed.  But don’t worry, as there’s lots you can do to prepare yourself before you make any final decisions.

It is really important to ensure that your chosen care home is 100 per cent right for you.  Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions of the care home staff as you can think of – they will be happy to help, to make sure that you will be comfortable with your final decision.  Asking lots of questions also helps care home teams to understand your particular needs, to make sure that they can definitely accommodate them in the future.

When starting to choose a care home in Bedfordshire, it is helpful to draw up a shortlist of potential homes and see whether you can spend a day at each one before you make a decision.  This will give you a sense of whether the home is right for you - you will be able to get a better idea of the facilities on offer, and chat to both staff and residents at your leisure.

You may also want to ask whether your care needs will be assessed before being welcomed into the home – knowing that the home can definitely cater to your own requirements will give you peace of mind that you will be happy and well cared for.

Another question you may like to consider is whether you can welcome visitors at any time of the day. It’s important that you feel comfortable in your Bedfordshire care home, and being able to see your friends and family at your leisure will make a huge difference once you have moved in.

An important point to consider is the kind of activities that the home offers its residents. Is it just bingo on a Thursday, or are there more creative pursuits available to enjoy?  Does the home offer any day trips, or festive events?  Can family members and friends get involved?  Are there opportunities to attend religious services?  Everyone is different so all the activities may not be right for you, but knowing more about the schedule of events may help you come to a decision when choosing from the different care homes in Bedfordshire.

When one moves into a care home after a lifetime of independence, it can be hugely important for them to bring their own belongings to their new abode.  Finding out what personal possessions you can bring is very important when making a decision about a particular care home.  You will also want to be assured that the care home staff are friendly and caring, as well as trained to the highest standards.  Consider finding out what training the staff have undertaken as part of your enquiries.

By asking the right questions of staff from your list of care homes in Bedfordshire, you can be assured of making the right decision for your future.

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