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There comes a point in many people's lives when they face the difficult decision of choosing an elderly care home for a loved one. It's not easy and to make matters worse, is often a very emotional situation. However it's one you must face head on, for if you choose the wrong home, the consequences will likely not be pretty.

That's why it's really important to take your time in finding the home that's going to best suit your needs and more importantly, those of your relative. Care homes typically either offer personal care (help with going to the bathroom, getting clean or dressed etc.), or personal care plus nursing care. This typically means there is one or more nurses on staff at all times throughout the day, so you can be sure your loved one will be well-cared for should they fall ill. Which you choose depends on your relative's individual needs.

It's a good idea to take a visit to the home firstly by yourself, or with your partner/brother/sister etc., then take a second visit with the person who is due to stay there. That way, you can assess it independently – checking out the care of the other residents, how the care providers respond to you etc. – whilst also ensuring your loved one feels at home there. You might also want to do a bit of digging into the home's care records, perhaps finding the most recent inspection reports. The home should be willing to provide you with a copy of these, but it's also worthwhile asking the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a copy, as it will provide you with a truthful, unbiased opinion.

The location will be a crucial factor too, as you'll need to ensure you can visit regularly. This will really help your loved one settle in and feel at home in the facility; although you don't want to overwhelm them with visits, as it could well stop them doing just that. If you get a good feeling from the place, it's probably going to be a good choice. Don't feel rushed into making a decision either, as it's an important one and one that will affect both of your lives for the foreseeable future.Care homes typically either offer personal care (help with going to the bathroom, getting clean or dressed etc.), or personal care plus nursing care. This typically means there is one or more nurses on staff at all times throughout the day, so you can be sure your loved one will be well-cared for should they fall ill.

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