You may wish to remain close to your present home, relatives and friends or General Practitioner. If you are considering a change in location consider:
The checklist below is not intended to cover all needs but to provide an awareness of points to consider when choosing a care home - too many negative points may seriously affect the standard of care.
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Take the terms and conditions of residence and brochures and read them carefully.
This will become your own private place and must be comfortable:
Consider what facilities the home needs to offer and the type of care you need, for example:
Can you afford the fees? Be clear of what is included, such as:
The cost of personal hygiene or medical needs and personal laundry.
Remember if fees are being paid from capital it will decrease very quickly.
Work out how many months it will last and, most importantly, find out whether the home will agree to accommodate you on state support if required?
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Look at some sample menus. It is important that you have a good balanced diet chosen from food you enjoy:
Try to assess how the home feels:
Does the Home have rules for residents, and if so are they acceptable? These may include:
Any difficulties or problems you encounter should first be taken up with the home proprietor. If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve the problem, it should be referred in writing to the social services department, or health authority homes inspector. If the outcome of the investigation is not satisfactory, you can take your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman who can provide an independent complaints review service. They can be contacted on 0300 061 0614 or by email on email@example.com