When you’re weighing up different care homes, how do you know which is best?
There are lots of issues to consider – and lots of questions you need to ask the manager and staff.
One aspect to consider is mobility. Staying mobile can be difficult in a care home. So make sure you ask these three vital questions before you make any decisions:
- How do the residents stay mobile? How does the care home encourage people to exercise every day and stay mobile for as long as possible? Who helps them actually do this? Is this included in the care fees? And how much space is there to walk around?
- Which therapists regularly come into the home? If you need an NHS or private physiotherapist, is the home is happy for them to come in to see you – or will you have to arrange to go and see them. Check what therapies the home will arrange on your behalf – and whether there’s any additional charge. Access to these therapies when you need them is vital.
- Are the corridors clear of clutter? If you use a Zimmer frame or have difficulty walking, clutter in corridors is a serious hazard, especially if it obstructs the handrails.
The less obvious questions are always the best. You’ll find lots more of them – about all sorts of topics – in our guide, How To Choose A Care Home. It covers the key questions most people don’t ask – but should!