Moving into a care home
At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with the decision of whether or not to move into a care home. For some, making that move may be as a result of illness or a fall, whereas others may start to need extra support more gradually. No matter the circumstance, moving to a care home can be an emotional time for both residents and their loved ones.
Making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful.
Things to consider before moving into a care home
- What is it that’s making you feel that you need to make changes to the way you live? Is it a lack of social contact, or are you physically not able to do some of the tasks that you want and need to do?
- Do you want to stay in your own home and get some extra help? There are devices like handrails or stair lifts that might help, or services where people can visit you to help you with daily tasks, like your shopping or cleaning.
- Do you have a physical or mental need that can only be supported in a care home or do you simply want to downsize and not have to worry about your home, your security or your bills?