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Finding the Right Care Home

Finding a care home for those later years when you need increasing support can be an emotional experience - certainly for you, and, depending on circumstances, for your family too.

No two care homes are the same – and whilst all registered homes adhere to prescribed standards and conform to stated regulations, that still leaves plenty of opportunity for variety around 'what it provides, what it is like, and how it feels to live here'.

There are many elements that together, contribute to 'service delivery' within a care home, so it's vital that you can make an informed decision - whether independently or with support from family, social services, or medical professionals.

First and foremost, you need to be clear about the level and nature of care you will need - not just now, but in the future. But of equal significance is the prevailing environment, the atmosphere and character. After all, it will be your home and you should enjoy being there.

Whether you are looking for a home for you, or you’re supporting someone else through the process, the following tips should help:

  • Think about the environment you/they are used to living in: what is comfortable and what is important
  • Speak with friends who have been through the same process
  • Seek advice from social services/hospital contacts; your local GP may also be able to help
  • If you are looking for self-funded accommodation, contact a professional care home finder – their knowledge and understanding is invaluable
  • Research the relevant area: find out what exists already
  • Find out which of those provide solely for self-funded residents, solely for social services-funded residents, or for both.
  • Review the website information
  • Read the inspection report and then …
  • … look at the action plan provided by the home to address any shortcomings identified
  • Prepare a list of questions
  • Book a visit to the home
  • Ask for a guided tour to take in all facilities – internal and external
  • Whilst there, speak to as many people as you can – residents and staff

Make sure you get the time you need to talk to the care home manager who should give you a good insight to the home, and answer your questions.

Iden Manor has so much going for it; we are very blessed to be here

Husband of Resident

If you would like any more information about us or the services that we offer, please contact us at:

Tel: 01580 891261care@idenmanor.co.uk