How to Find a Care Home near You in Devon or Somerset

How to Find a Care Home near You in Devon or Somerset

When it comes to how to find a care home, the prospect can be daunting. Yet when you find a care home which suits the needs, and desires, of your loved one the relief is huge. You should be able to feel reassured that you’re not ‘making do’ or compromising when it comes to the care that your family member receives. However, most individuals face the question of how to find a care home without any experience, and often not knowing where to turn. This post will help you understand what you need to know to find a care home near you.

Before the Care Home Decision

Finding the right care home requires understanding that a care home – and specifically which type of care home – is right for your loved one’s needs. Often problems which arise further down the road in care provision do so because this point wasn’t adequately understood before making this decision. A reputable care home will itself help, guide, and assist you as you make the decisions.

Predominantly you are likely facing this choice because it has become apparent that your loved one is no longer able to remain at home independently.  However, there may be steps that can be taken in advance of a move to a care home – such as adaptations, or a move to sheltered accommodation with support, such as Rossiter House which are more suitable.

Losing independence (or the perceived loss of independence) before it is necessary is often at the root of upset with care choices, and therefore it’s important to choose an appropriate home based on current needs, which can be adapted as needed for the future.

Typically this means, when you come to find a care home, that you are looking at residential care alone, or residential care with nursing provision. You should also be aware that individuals suffering from dementia benefit enormously from specialised care.

To understand what type of care is needed, you can arrange for an assessment of care needs. In Devon you can find out more information here or use the Devon Council self-help tool. In Somerset you can find our more information about care needs assessments here and here.

Once You Understand the Needs

Once you have a clearer understanding of the care needs of your relative, you are in a much better position to begin finding the right care home. Now you need to consider geographical location and narrow down your search to the relevant area. You can find care homes in your area in a number of different ways. We suggest using several tools to help you narrow down your choice:

  • Find all suitable care homes, with the right level of care, using the two NHS tools: finding a care home with nursing or finding a care home without nursing. These are postcode search tools which allow you to find care homes in your area. Do bear in mind that you need to choose a care home with appropriate levels of care, not just for now, but for the future too. At Eastleigh we run a model of care home provision where residents can easily progress to a heightened level of care within the organisation without the need for further complicated moves.
  • Check out the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report for your short-listed care homes. This can be done here. The CQC is the regulator of care homes in England. Their reports give detailed information regarding the care and facilities provided. Good care homes will display their CQC report rating, such as Eastleigh’s Raleigh Mead Outstanding report.
  • Speak to friends, family, and local agencies and organisations. It is also useful to speak to anyone who may have direct contact with a care home to get their opinion. In addition to local friends and family, you may also ask at churches, social groups, or similar.

How to find a care home and making the right decision becomes easier with the right knowledge on board. Armed with information gathered from the processes above you will then be best placed to visit relevant care homes and find a care home for your loved one which will bring reassurance.