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Choosing a Care Home: Your 5-Step Checklist

For many people, looking for a care home can be a confusing and daunting prospect. How do you know what questions to ask? What should you look for in a care home? How do you know if a care home is right for you? We've put together a comprehensive, five-point checklist featuring the questions you should be asking and some key points to look for. Download your free 5-Step Care Home Checklist and get in touch with us if you’d like to put the same questions to us!


Our Care Home Checklist covers the following topics:


    1. Your Residential Care and Nursing and Support Needs
    Ensuring that you will receive the care you need is of utmost importance. This section of the checklist evaluates the quality of care, involvement of your family, accessibility and more. Your company and surroundings are also extremely important to your well-being. Think about your first impressions of the care home and the other residents in the community at this time.


    2. Your Personalised Bedroom

    Request a tour of a bedroom or suite similar to one you would occupy. Check that you are able to personalise your space to your liking and safety measures and cleanliness are up to par.


    3. Your personal interests, social life and companionship

    Your care home should be in a convenient and pleasant setting that is easily accessible by friends and family. Ensure common areas and the surrounding area have all your required amenities.


    4. Your favourite meals and dining choices

    Nutrition is essential to your health. Take the time to try a meal when touring the care home and ask about specific dietary restrictions and dining preferences.


    5. Your family updates, visits and activities

    Inquire about the activities programmes both in and outside of the care home as well as visitor policies.


    In addition to the categories above, you should consider the care home availability compared to your timeline, costs, and resources available to family members.