Knowsley Older People's Voice

Choosing a Care Home

by Hilary Melville

If you are starting to think more about where to live as you get older?…options include:

  • Staying at home – with support available
  • Downsizing
  • Moving in with family
  • Renting from your local council, sildenafil check housing association or private landlord
  • Sheltered housing
  • Care homes

If you think that you need more personal care than sheltered housing can give you, more about cialis sale moving into a care home could be an option.

Moving to a care home is perhaps an opportunity to form new friendships and have a safe, cheapest comfortable place to live. Staffed 24 hours a day and all meals are provided.

There are two main types of care home: Some offer accommodation and help with personal care – activities such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet. Others provide those services and also offer nursing care. Until recently these two types of care home were classified as ‘residential homes’ and ‘nursing homes’. The names of many homes still reflect this. There are also care homes for those who require extra care and support, often due to dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society can give advice to people with dementia and their carers and family on what to look for in a care home.

We all have a choice of where we wish to live even if the local council is paying for it, subject to there being availability at the home of your choice; it has the facilities to meet your needs and it is not more expensive than what they would normally pay.

If you are able to get out a visit to the home before a decision is made is the best policy. You should get hold of a copy of the home’s most recent report, homes are regularly inspected, whether private, council or run voluntarily. For more information on inspections see the Enter & View page.

Everyone will have different views on what makes a care home appropriate for an individual’s needs.  Further information about the various options for care homes within Knowsley is available here.


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