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Selecting a Care Home – The Options available to YOUR clients

The Alzheimer’s Society website is often the first port of call when relatives finally realise their elderly loved ones have to leave their homes and move into a care home.  So what are they looking for?  What are these types of Charity advising them to do prior to making any commitments?

A factsheet is now available on the Alzheimers website which gives a comprehensive list of what potential clients are considering.

It’s important for Care Home developers to understand what current clients are looking for and what really influences their decisions when choosing a care home. Within this list are several aspects relating to Care Home design. Therefore it’s important to consider these aspects during the construction stage, as these become very difficult and expensive to correct at a later date.  Below is a summary of those aspects, which we will be covering in more detail in future articles.

Location

However pleasant the home itself may be, ask yourself:

  • Will it be easy for visitors to get to the home?
  • Are there facilities such as shops, a pub or a park within walking distance, for residents who enjoy going out?
  • Is there much noise from traffic, or anything else?

Access

If the person with dementia is likely to need equipment or adaptations:

  • Are the corridors and toilets wide enough for a walking frame or wheelchair?
  • Are there suitably adapted toilets and baths?
  • Are there ramps or a lift?

Bedrooms

  • Can residents can have a single room?
  • Are residents encouraged to bring in some of their own furniture and possessions?
  • Are the bedrooms are bright and pleasant?
  • Can residents go to their rooms when they wish to be alone?
  • Can residents keep pets in their rooms, or in other areas of the home?
  • Do staff respect people’s right to privacy, and knock on bedroom doors?

Toilets

Getting to the toilet in time can sometimes be a problem as dementia progresses:

  • Are there enough toilets within easy reach of the bedrooms and living areas?
  • Are staff trained to spot the signs when someone needs to go to the toilet?
  • Are staff cheerful and tactful about helping residents use the toilet and changing them if they are incontinent?

Living areas

  • Are chairs are arranged in groups to encourage talking, rather than placed in a circle around the outside of the room?
  • Is there a TV or radio left on when no one is watching or listening?
  • Is there more than one room where residents can sit or where they can be quiet or see visitors?
  • Are there smoking and non-smoking areas?
  • Is there a garden where residents can walk safely?

Click here to read more about the other areas for consideration

Having read this you may believe there are certain aspects of your home that do need refurbishment to meet these new higher demands. Or perhaps  you are in the early stages of design and realise that  there are specific criteria that you could have missed out, therefore making your home not quite so marketable.

For either of the above concerns or any other relevant us  why not contact us in full confidentiality on the comments section or email our support team on:  info@carehomedesign.co.uk

or call:0800 019 9750

Building Construction Partnership, Experts in Design, Developement and Build within the Health Care Industry

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