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What to look for in a care home?


What to look for in a care home?

Choosing a care home for yourself or a loved one is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. With numerous options available, it's essential to know what factors to prioritise when evaluating potential care homes. We aim to provide a comprehensive guide on what to look for in a care home, ensuring that you make an informed choice that meets your specific needs and preferences.

Location and accessibility

The first aspect to consider is the location of the care home. It should be easily accessible for family and friends to visit regularly. Additionally, proximity to essential amenities such as hospitals, pharmacies and recreational facilities is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life.

Staff-to-resident ratio

The staff-to-resident ratio plays a vital role in determining the level of care and attention each resident receives. Ask about the number of staff members available during different shifts and how they handle emergencies.

Qualifications and training of staff

The qualifications and training of the care home staff are crucial indicators of the quality of care provided. Speak with the care home managers about the staff's certifications, experience, and ongoing training programmes. Well-trained and compassionate staff members can significantly enhance the overall well-being of residents.

Safety and security measures

Ensuring the safety and security of residents is paramount. Understand the security measures in place, such as call bells, emergency response protocols and staff training for handling emergencies. Additionally, check for safety features like handrails, non-slip flooring and adequate lighting throughout the facility.

Personalised care plans

Each resident has unique needs and preferences. A good care home should offer personalised care plans tailored to individual requirements. Does the care home you’re considering assess residents' needs? And how do they involve residents and their families in developing and reviewing ongoing care plans?

Social and recreational activities

Engaging social and recreational activities are essential for maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle in a care home. Ask about the range of activities offered, such as exercise programmes, outings, hobbies and cultural events. A vibrant social calendar can contribute to residents' mental and emotional well-being.

Quality of accommodation

Inspect the accommodation provided to residents. Look for cleanliness, comfort and privacy. Check if the rooms are well-maintained, adequately furnished and equipped with necessary amenities such as en-suite facilities.

Nutritional support

A well-balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for maintaining good health. Look at meal plans to see the home's approach to nutrition, including the availability of specialised diets for residents with specific dietary requirements. Additionally, ask about the dining experience and whether residents have input in menu planning.

Care and support services

Evaluate the care and support services available within the care home. Ask about the availability of trained medical professionals, access to regular check-ups, medication management and coordination with external healthcare providers. Comprehensive care and support systems are essential for residents' well-being.

Reviews and recommendations

Lastly, seek out reviews and recommendations from current or past residents and their families. Online platforms, social media and local community organisations can provide valuable insights into the care home's reputation and the experiences of others.

Choosing a care home is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of various factors. By prioritising aspects, you can make an informed choice that ensures the well-being and happiness of yourself or your loved one in their new home. Remember, thorough research and visits to potential care homes are essential to gather firsthand information and make the best decision possible.

How St Monica Trust can support

Diverse locations

Our retirement homes are situated in Bristol and North Somerset, fulfilling different needs and lifestyle preferences. Charterhouse is located right next to the heart of Keynsham, a charming market town situated between Bristol and Bath, with plenty of amenities. Both town and country are within easy reach. It offers a vast range of facilities available to residents.

Russets is based in the stunning countryside of Sandford, North Somerset. It offers a special combination of stylish purpose-built accommodation, beautiful scenery and superb facilities all focused around a central club house.

John Wills House is located in the suburbs of north Bristol. Westbury-on-Trym is less than a mile away. Shops, restaurants, cafés, a library and other amenities are within walking distance whilst nearby transport links offer quick routes to the centre of Bristol and beyond. John Wills House is one of just a few care homes in Bristol currently rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

Garden House is a highly-regarded care home in Bristol, situated at the heart of the historic Cote Lane retirement village overlooking the beautiful and unspoilt trees and grasslands of Durdham Downs. The beautifully landscaped gardens at Cote Lane are a joy to explore.

Different types of care

The St Monica Trust is nationally recognised for its high-quality personalised care which combines a range of care options that are built around your individual needs. We offer different types of care, including nursing care, dementia care, respite care, residential care, end of life care, and pastoral care. The therapy team at St Monica Trust play a key role in enhancing the quality of life for residents across all our care homes. Unlike other care providers, there is often no additional charges for physiotherapy and occupational therapy at St Monica Trust.

Huge range of activities

At our care homes, we prioritise social events and activities to enrich the everyday lives of our residents. We have a dedicated teams responsible for planning and organising a wide range of engaging activities in all our care homes. These activities, held both indoors and outdoors, include music events, exercises classes, art groups, film nights, lunch and dinner gatherings, outings and more. Different activities are happening in different care homes and activities are tailored to whatever inspires you, so there’ll always be something to keep you busy.

Our care homes in Bristol and North Somerset have been purposefully built to cater to the specific needs of older people. Our admissions team will be happy to give you more information about our care homes and guide you through the whole selection process. Please browse our care homes pages for more information or call us on 0117 919 4263 to book a tour or just to find out more.

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