If you’re worried about your grandparent’s health or safety, it might be time to start talking about care homes. It’s not going to be the easiest conversation you ever have, but it could help make their life more comfortable in the long run. If your grandparent knows how concerned you and your parents are, it might give them the push they need to start the process. Instead of letting them sort everything out for themselves, why not help them. Your grandparents will appreciate your assistance and input, plus it will put your mind at ease. So to find the perfect care home for your grandparents here is what you need to do.
Ask your grandparents what they want
It’s important to remember that it’s your grandparents moving into a care home and not you. What you might consider to be essential might vary from theirs. So before you do anything else, talk to them about what they would like. There are multiple kinds of care home throughout the UK and each cater to different needs. So understanding what they want beforehand is crucial to ensure they choose the right one. Talk to them about how much care they think they need and encourage them to be honest. They might think they need little assistance when in reality they need more extensive, specialist care. You also need to talk to them about where they want to be located. They might want to move closer to family or remain in an area they are familiar with.
Do research together
Research is a vital part of the process but can leave your grandparents feeling a little overwhelmed. So do what you can to help them find the information they need. Take your laptop to their home and start looking online for potential care homes. Research and talk through the varying types of care home available to them and which might be the best option. You should also look into how much it will cost and whether they are entitled to any support. The more information you can find the more informed your grandparent’s final decision will be.
Visit in person
Once you’ve got a few potential options in mind, you need to assess their standards. The best way to do this is by visiting in person. This can give you and your grandparents a more in-depth look at what living there would be like. Use this opportunity to talk to the staff and ask them questions. You can ask what the outcome of their last inspection was and if they use quality suppliers like Fairfield Care or Beaucare. You might also be able to talk to some of the residents and inspect the rooms while you are there too. This insight will be invaluable and ensure your grandparents move into a home that is clean, safe and well staffed.
Always remember to be patient and listen to your grandparent’s thoughts and opinions. This can be a stressful experience for them, and they may need time to come around to the idea. Be supportive to make sure the home they choose provides the best care possible.