How to choose a care home

Please note: this product is a digital download only

Now you can get a clearer idea of what a home will really be like – and what funding might be available.

How To Choose A Care Home is a 39-page guide that helps you:

  • ask the vital questions most people don’t ask – but should
  • get a better picture of what a care home will really be like
  • gain peace of mind that you’ve made the best decision you can
  • save time and avoid a lot of hassle


When you’re searching for a care home, it can be difficult to know what’s important – and what kind of things should be ringing alarm bells before you make a decision.

Feeling confident about your decision makes the whole process much easier. Plus, of course, when you’ve made the best decision you can, it means your relative will enjoy better care.

It’s the less obvious questions you ask the care home staff and manager that can be the most valuable. That’s why we’ve put together this guide.

“Your list of questions to ask a care home is fantastic. Being faced with the care home situation for the first time is like being given a blank sheet of paper. Where do you start? What is important? What haven’t I thought of? Your guide helped make me feel I knew more of what I was doing. I was therefore more confident in the meetings, and that must be apparent to the care home, too.”
Jim Blainey

Get better answers – and make a better decision

Don’t be misled by the size or the name of the care home. It’s the attitudes and humanity of staff and the way they provide care that often matters more.

Also, you can’t always rely on the Care Quality Commission official inspection reports to give you a good overview of care in any given care home. These reports generally just tick regulatory boxes and do not generally explore the real day-to-day wellbeing of residents, attitudes of staff, etc.

That’s why it’s vital to do you homework, visit the care home more than once and ask lots of questions.

This practical guide includes over 130 tips and questions about:

  • Personal safety and getting outside
  • Nutrition, hydration and the practicalities of eating and drinking
  • Activities and lifestyle choices
  • Physical exercise and therapies
  • Washing and dressing
  • Communication
  • Rooms
  • Specific health needs

Plus, it includes a section on actually making the decision – and a further section on care fees funding and NHS Continuing Healthcare.


EBOOK: This guide is available as a digitial downloadable ebook only. (No physical book will be posted.) After you’ve purchased the book, you’ll receive an email with the download link you need. (Please check your spam/junk email folder if you can’t find this.) Once you’ve downloaded the book, it will be in the ‘Downloads’ folder on your computer. You can then save it to the most convenient place on your computer.

If you don’t received the download link within an hour, please check your spam/junk email folders.

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When you subscribe you’ll also receive a link to our free e-guide, “The 7 Costliest Mistakes Most Families Unwittingly Make With Care Fees – and 5 tips to avoid them”.

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