When a close relative, parent, or cherished friend either decides that they are no longer comfortable and/or capable of living in and running their own home (or indeed, the decision has been made for them), there is a lot to consider.

Here is how to tell the difference between an outstanding care home and a regular, moderate, and standard one. 

Happy Residents & Staff Who Are Willing to Talk to You 

First and foremost, everyone has seen movies or television series whereby the protagonist spends time in a care home, only to be ignored or else, stunned by the silence, of the residents. Thankfully, this is nowhere near the reality.

It would be pertinent, however, when conducting a tour around the potential homes being considered to take the time to chat with residents and staff members, aside from the select few who have been asked to take you on the tour. 

An Impressive Latest Inspection Report

Another important factor to consider before finalizing your decision is to search online, or else enquire into the details of the latest inspection reports on the home, ideally by several independent bodies.

Take the premier Yate care home, for example, whose ethos and core morals are not only overtly obvious in the physical first impression you receive as soon as you set foot on the premises, but such outstanding care is also conveyed through official reports. 

Comprehensive Answers to Your Questions

You would like to think that every member of the team working in a care home is not only skilled and experienced in helping and assisting older adults, but moreover are those kinds of saint-like characters who love nothing more than to take care of others.

Now, with any renowned and reputable home, this will be the case. Still, even if you find team members who’re clearly passionate about their job, you also need them to be knowledgeable. 

Ask them key questions and judge the accuracy and detail in their answers, such as:

  • Do residents benefit from privacy in their own space when they require it?
  • Is there a varied and nutritious menu on offer?
  • Are the rooms adapted to suit physical disabilities (especially in the washroom area)?
  • How do staff members assess the individual and changing needs of residents?

As well as knowledgeable, every member of staff should be well trained with certified qualifications, and the manager of the home should be able to discuss this information with you, to ensure that you know your loved one is being cared for by trained professionals.

A Varied Level of Care for Different Residents 

As you might expect, a range of different specialized care packages for residents of nursing and care homes. As such, it is important to ensure that any potential care home provides exactly what your loved one needs and that other facilities are available should their situation change.

Just a selection of the most widely known specialized levels of care in reputable nursing homes includes dementia and memory-based illness care, respite care, convalescence care, personal care, residential care, mental health care, and bariatric care. 

By Manali