Choosing the right care home is one of the most important decisions you can make for yourself or for loved ones, and it can be one of the most difficult. Some people may feel isolated as they grow older, especially if they live apart from their families. Making the transition into a care home gives them the opportunity to become part of an extended family.
Moving to a care home can be daunting and Strong Life Care strives to make the experience an enjoyable one, ensuring that the individual maintains their sense of dignity and self respect at all times. They can become part of a warm, loving environment, where help and care is available at any time of day or night.
Important factors to consider include the type of care required, location and the general atmosphere. We invite potential residents and their families to visit our homes to experience first-hand our high-quality care. By spending time joining in the daily activities and interacting with current residents and members of staff, families will be able to make an informed decision about the home. This provides the person and their loved ones with an opportunity to have a look around, ask questions and familiarise themselves with the home’s warm environment.
It is important to ask as many questions as needed to gain an accurate picture of day-to-day life at the home. The following are some points to consider during a visit:
- What are the facilities like?
- What is included in the cost of your fees?
- Is the home equipped to handle a variety of needs?
- Is it fully wheelchair accessible?
- Are special needs (i.e. hearing or sight impairment) catered for?
- Are there communal lounges as well as quiet areas?
- Do the bedrooms have ensuite facilities?
- Are residents permitted to bring belongings from home to personalise their rooms?
- Do the bedrooms include a fire alarm and nurse call system?
- Are residents encouraged to retain their independence?
- What activities and entertainment do you provide?
- What additional services are available, such as hairdressing and physiotherapy?
- How flexible are the residents’ routines – i.e., are there set mealtimes, bedtimes and visiting hours?
- Will visitors be permitted to join residents for meals or outings?
- What kind of food is served and are special dietary needs catered for?
- Are members of staff appropriately trained?
- Is the environment friendly and inviting?
- Can I keep my own doctor?
- Are residents able to bring pets with them?
- Do residents seem happy and content?
Alternatively, a form will be available at all Strong Life Care homes.