1st May 2015

A step by step guide to finding the best care home - part 1

Getting started.

Planning ahead in order to find the right care home is crucial and will allow you to make an informed choice.

Talk to your relative and the rest of the family to discuss the best location for a home, bear in mind where friends and relatives live.
Ensure that the homes you are looking at meet the medical needs of your relative, for example they offer nursing or dementia care if required.
Discuss how you will fund the home, speak to a specialist care fees advisor with the SOLLA accreditation. Ensure you have spoken to a solicitor concerning Lasting Power of Attorney.

Websites to visit when you are looking for a care home;

www.carehome.co.uk for a list of care homes in England.
www.cqc.org.uk to read the reports from the Care Quality Commission who regulate care in England.

Debbie Harris was introduced to me by my Solicitor. At that time I was finding it extremely hard trying to find a care home to take my husband who had very challenging behavioural problems and had been asked to leave his existing care home. Debbie worked for a month contacting homes, explaining the problems to them and where they thought they might be able to help, visiting the homes and arranging assessments. She eventually found somewhere willing to take him. She has always been at the end of the phone or on Email to help and support me and I feel I have a friend who really cares about me and my husband. I can't thank her enough.