Once your parents or other elderly parents get to a certain age, you will need to start thinking about looking for a care home or nursing home for them. This time might come earlier if they suffer from a certain health condition and you and your family are struggling to give them the care they need.
There are lots of different nursing homes out there, some of which cater for different needs and requirements. Not sure which one will be best for your relatives? Here are some helpful tips to let you carefully decide.
What Type Of Care Do Your Relatives Need?
Firstly, you need to establish which kind of care your elderly relatives will require. You will usually have the following to choose from:
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s care. If your relative suffers from either of these illnesses, they will need to go into a home that can cater to their very specific needs. If this is the case, you will need to look for a home that employs nurses and carers who are trained in looking after and dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers.
- Residential Care. Patients living in residential care have their independence but have people on-hand to help with their cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene.
- Respite Care. This is short-term care for when a carer needs a break from their responsibility.
- Palliative Care. If your relative is coming to the end of their life, then palliative care will be best for them. It ensures that their final days are comfortable and pain-free.
Check The Standard
To ensure your relative gets the best quality care, you will need to check that a potential care home’s standard of care is up to scratch. There are a couple of ways you can do this. Firstly, check any reviews you can find online. If you only find negative reviews, it’s best to start looking into a different nursing home! It is also important to research whether a personal injury lawyer has ever had to deal with a negligence case against a particular home. If so, it’s a good idea not to use that one unless you are 100% sure that their quality standards have vastly improved. If you get in touch with your local council or health authority, they might be able to show you reports on some homes. You could use these for your research.
Visit Each Home
Once you have checked each home’s standard and have shortlisted a few different ones, you should make an appointment to visit them. This is a chance for you and your relative to take a look around and speak to staff to figure out which home they will be most comfortable in. You will also get the chance to speak to current residents to see what their experience of the home has been like. Most nursing and care homes will be happy to book a viewing if you give them a call.
Hopefully, this blog post has given you lots of tips to ensure you make the best choice for your relative!