Finding care homes in the UK

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Choosing a good care home is important. Whether you’re looking for somewhere for yourself or for someone you care about, finding a care home that has excellent amenities, considerate staff and a good quality of care is paramount.

This means you may need to spend a while looking at all of your options and considering the various facilities available in your area. Make the search for the right care home a little easier with the help of some of the best resources the web has to offer.

Getting started on a care home hunt

When you’re first confronted with the thought of having to find a suitable care home, the task can seem somewhat daunting. Don’t allow yourself to be put off, there’s plenty of guidance available to help you stay on top of the situation. Get started with a good, basic rundown of what care homes do and how they work from Care Information Scotland.

Take the time to read some expert advice as collected by The Guardian and you’re sure to feel a little more confident about the questions you might want to ask prospective homes. You’ll also find plenty of handy information and relevant links on offer from the NHS, have a look at its practical support section and find our more about the help and potential solutions on offer.

Things you should consider when looking at a potential care home include: how close it is to your friends and family, what kind of visiting hours it offers, whether there are a few nearby facilities to enjoy, how clean and inviting the home feels and if there are any unpleasant smells. Age UK has put together a very handy care home checklist, which includes a comprehensive list of all of the things you might want to think about when viewing prospective homes.

Making the right choice

There are a few other things that you may want to consider, such as the financial health of the care homes you’re considering. The Telegraph published an interesting article about watching out for the warning signs when picking a care home, so that you can make sure you don’t accidentally choose a facility that has a limited future. Bupa also has a good guide to viewing a care home, which offers you plenty of tips and things to look out for when you’re taking a tour.

Finding quality care homes can be easy when you know what to bear in mind when searching. Have a look at the various options available from reliable care providers such as Sunshine Living and get a good idea of the quality of care you should be aspiring to. For more top tips, have a look at the advice offered by the charitable organisation Care to be Different. They’ve collected a list of the seven most important things to think about when selecting a care home – an excellent, no nonsense guide to finding the right care.

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