When you are looking to find a private care home for yourself or for a loved one there are many important factors that you need to consider. Not all private care homes offer the same facilities and therefore you need to establish exactly what you need before looking at which Private Care home is right in your own specific circumstances.
Residential Care Home
In general a care home will offer assistance with personal care such as washing, getting dressed, eating, help with going to the toilet or helping with medication. Social activities may also be provided in these types of homes.
Here you would receive personal care alongside assistance from qualified nurses when necessary, typically available 24 hours a day.
Dual Registered Care Home
A care home of this nature offers both personal and nursing care and therefore if you only need personal care when you first arrive then your needs change, you would not have to move to a different care home which could save stress and confusion at a later stage.
Dementia Care Home
Dementia care requires specialist skills and homes that are designed for looking after people with dementia endeavour to make them feel as safe and secure as possible.
Where do you want to live?
Many people who move into a Private Care Home choose to live within a certain radius of their nearest and dearest, friends and family to ensure that it is easier for them when it comes to paying a visit.
How much does it cost to live in a Private Care Home?
The cost of living in a Private care home will vary depending on the level of care you or your loved one needs and the area in which you live. As an example a person living in London would pay far more than a person in the North West of England and a person who needed full time nursing care would pay more than a person who only needed minimal living assistance. It is essential that you establish a budget and make sure that you ask for the full costs from the care homes that fit your criteria.
Are Private Care homes regulated?
- The Care Quality Commission monitor, inspect and regulate public and private care homes in England.
- Care Inspectorate regulate care homes in Scotland
- Care and Social Services Inspectorate regulate care homes in Wales
- The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority regulate care homes in Northern Ireland
Making your choice of Private Care Home
When you have made the decision as to the type of Private care home you need and the budget you have it is time to start looking at the options available. By visiting the Private care homes that suit your requirements and asking them all of the questions that are relevant to what you need to know, you can then narrow down the search. It is vital that you consider the long term aspects of moving into a care home to ensure that wherever possible; if your circumstances are likely to change in the future, you are still in a position where your needs can be taken care of without causing major upheaval at a time when you may not be in a position to deal with the stresses this may bring.