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Considerations when choosing Care 

12th March

Care Home or Care at Home

When contemplating care options, whether for yourself or through discussions with family or friends, certain events like a fall resulting in a fracture may prompt the need for careful consideration. While surgery can address part of the issue, achieving full strength of movement afterward can pose challenges, impacting daily life.

The requirement for increased support at home may lead to considering staying in your own home with assistance from family or carers’ who can help with meal preparation and housekeeping. Although the desire is often to remain in one's own home, the daily challenges can become a burden, prompting the exploration of alternative options.

Recognising the need for different options around care arrangements evolves over time, guided by medical professionals and family logistics. This process can be emotionally draining for all involved. Care homes offer more than just assistance; they provide a sense of security with 24/7 availability, engaging activities, a warm homely environment, and nutritious home-cooked meals, fostering a sense of community among residents.

Deciding to transition to a care home involves significant emotional considerations and careful evaluation of various factors. Here's a comprehensive guide to assist individuals and their families in navigating this decision-making process:

 Assessing Care Needs:
• Evaluate the current and anticipated future care needs, considering mobility, medical conditions, and daily activity assistance.

 Discussing with Family and Friends:
• Involve close ones in the decision-making process for valuable insights and support.

Exploring Available Options:
• Research different types of care homes.

Visiting Potential Care Homes:
• Schedule visits to assess facilities, meet staff, and observe the overall atmosphere, cleanliness, and environment.

Considering Location:
• Think about the care home's location in relation to family and friends for a sense of connection and support.

Reviewing Costs and Financial Planning:
• Understand the financial aspects, including accommodation and services

Seeking Professional Advice:
• Consult healthcare professionals for guidance based on the individual's health and care needs.

Considering Lifestyle and Activities:
• Assess social and recreational activities, as they contribute to a higher quality of life.

 Preparing for the Transition:
• Plan for the move, addressing both physical and emotional aspects.

 Discussing Preferences and Concerns:
• Have open discussions about preferences, concerns, and expectations regarding the move, addressing any anxieties or fears. Prioritising the individual's well-being and safety while considering preferences and maintaining open communication throughout the process should guide the decision.

If you are considering care and would like to discuss your options further, contact Swarthmore Care Home on 01753 885663, Option 1.  

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