How to find the right elderly nursing home

Be it that you’re doing it for yourself or for a loved one, choosing an elderly nursing home is never an easy task. During what is already likely to be a stressful and emotional time, it can be difficult to know where to look or what to look for when selecting a home.

Although we can’t assist with the process itself – especially seeing as everyone’s individual circumstances are going to be different – we see no harm in offering some pointers that may be of help to you when searching for an elderly nursing home.

  • Make a list – like most things in life; it helps if you make a list. Making a checklist of sorts will help you to establish what you want/ what you need from a home, and helps you to round down the homes you view to a select few. Things such as sufficient staff (friendly and caring, of course), bright and clean rooms, and having plenty accessibility are all necessities (if you’re struggling to think of many more, just think how you would want to be treated if you were staying in a home) but you also need to consider any ailments or requirements that your loved one may have (‘Does the home cater to residents with dementia?’, ‘Does the home cater to x dietary requirement?’). Take some time making this list; with advice from the web, and of course asking the person actually going into care what they would want from a nursing home, you’ll be one big step closer to finding the perfect one for you.
  • Take your time – unless urgent circumstances arise, we suggest that you take your time when selecting a care home. Don’t ever be pressured into choosing somewhere that you/ your elderly loved one aren’t comfortable with – you/ a loved one may spend a fair amount of time in the home, so choosing one that you/ they are as happy as possible with is key. It’s also important to remember that your/ your loved one’s needs may change during their time in care. They may suddenly develop a health condition that needs catering to, for example; it’s important that you choose a home that can cater to these needs should they arise.
  • Go with your gut – if you’re paying a visit to a home and something doesn’t look or feel right, either question it, or look elsewhere; things such as dirty rooms, residents sat aimlessly around a television, and a general air of discomfort can all be red flags  - it’s just up to you how you deal with them.

If you require further information or assistance regarding how to find the right elderly nursing home, we recommend contacting your trusted healthcare professional.

For those of you who reside in Kent and the surrounding area, Kentish Homecare are at hand to provide all manner of care services, whilst your loved one can stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

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