South East Recorder Issue 14 - Page 17

Care in the Community CHOOSING A CARE HOME the relevant national regulatory body in your country can provide impartial information about the homes registered in your area Once you’ve found out about homes in your area, get in touch with a few and ask them to send you a brochure. Then arrange to visit some of the homes that appeal to you. Take a family member or friend if you can, as a second opinion can be very useful. Choosing a care home can be a difficult decision. Consider what your needs are. Do you want to be near family? Will you be further away from friends? How would you cope in an unfamiliar area with a new GP and local shops? Think about how often your friends or family will be able to visit you in the area you choose – you could ask their opinion on a suitable area. Find out what homes there are in your area and visit a few to get an idea of what they are like. As a first step, try asking around – perhaps friends or relatives know of a home with a good reputation. But remember, although a personal recommendation is a good starting point, homes can change and what suits one person may not suit another. There are different ways of finding out about care homes in your area try your local council may be able to provide a list of homes, or The Care Quality Commission or When you visit a care home, there are lots of things to consider, so don’t be embarrassed about asking lots of questions. It is only sensible to do as much research as you can when you are making such an important decision. If you can, speak to people who already live in the home. This will give you an idea of what life is really like there. If you have dementia, there may be extra considerations to make when choosing a care home. Try to visit care homes that have extra support for people with dementia, and ask whether staff have had training in dementia care. If there are certain things that you find distressing or make you anxious, it’s important to know that staff would respond sensitively. Ask what the staff do to get to know residents. How will they find out about your past, personality and routines when you first move into the care home? Does the home offer personalised activities that are suitable and engaging for people with dementia? Essentially this will be your new home, it’s important to make sure it’s the right move for you! ‡ƒ”‡ƒˆƒ‹Ž›”—„—•‹‡••–Šƒ–’”‹†‡•‹–•‡Žˆ‘‘ơ‡”‹‰‘—” …Ž‹‡–•ƒ„‡•’‘‡•‡”˜‹…‡ǡ›‘—–‡ŽŽ—•™Šƒ–›‘—‡‡†ƒ†™‡™‹ŽŽ †‘‹–Ǩ‘—ƒ”‡Dz‘—”ˆƒ‹Ž›dz ‡’”‘˜‹†‡͚͜Š”‹˜‡ ƒ”‡ƒ…”‘••–Š‡ƒ†„‡…ƒ—•‡™‡”— –Š‡„—•‹‡••ˆ”‘Š‘‡ƒ”‡ƒŽ™ƒ›•ƒ˜ƒ‹Žƒ„Ž‡–‘‘ơ‡”ƒ†˜‹…‡‘” •‹’Ž›–‘Œ—•–Šƒ˜‡ƒ…Šƒ–„‡…ƒ—•‡™‡—†‡”•–ƒ†Ǥ ˆ›‘—‡‡†ƒ…ƒ”‡”–‘‘ơ‡”ǣǦ ‘’ƒ‹‘•Š‹’ ‘˜ƒŽ‡•…‡…‡ ‡‡–‹ƒ‘” <)L(() )\)) z)P0l(<)L(p\(|)\),()l(p)) (<))@<)\())L)`<)l(|)L((<) (`<()|(\(<())L(p<())@<)))|)\(|((<))@<(0<())(|(`<)) (p<),((|(<)\(p00W'6V`(\)) )l(<(\)`<)|)P<(<) ))l(((p<())@<(0<(\((<)lz<)))p<)(((<) ))`<(L(p<(l()\(<),),)() )l(|(lzz0)))zL()|((L(|)L)L)(()(|() (\(<)L(|zL(\)zL)|(Ьٌٜټ ـ< ـ<٬ـ2FV6622VƗG77W&VBBT4&Vv7FW&VB6vR&RvVW&'VFW'2vF3V'2bWW&V6RW&RBФ2FV662vRfWr&vRB66G&7G2WVǒ@ffW"W"'VFr6W'f6W2FvFR&vRb6ƖVG26V7F'0g&FfGV2F6WF&FW2B6W&6&v6F2vR6fW"&V2vFFR#R@666ǒ&WBvRv&vF6WF&FW2FFBW2f"F6&V@VRvWFW"N( 2&f"vVV6"66W72"G&0FV6R66W72FF6V2B&F&2fWr&VFfVǐ6R6vW2FFRR6RƖfRV6V6W"@6fW"b6W'6RW"7V6Ɨ62WVǒ&&FRf &R&FVBFW"VRvvBF7FFV"W2f"0r276&RW"v&26'&VBWB'WW&V6VB&fW762BvP&fFRgVvVVBbFRv&g&7F'BFf6v&0gVǒ7W&VBB6fW&VBvF"F2v'&G$vVBƖRFFRFR'GVGFFRBF&VvRFRFW"fVǒvVFVVvVBFV"'BG&6f&֖rגvF&R&F&FגWW'6vW &B2'6WFRFVƖvBrFvWBWFR&r@7F'BגFvF6ƗGFRgW72B&FW""FW7F2FV662FBS&VfVB&BVFVvG2F4S% FVâ#Ss#`wwwr7FV6626Vf7FV6626V