When Should Someone Move Into A Care Home?
What signs should I look for?
Many of us will be faced with the decision of whether or not to move into a care home, and many will have to consider this for their loved ones. No matter the situation, this decision can be an emotional time for everyone involved. Making plans early will help make any changes much easier and less stressful.
Some signs that you may need to consider round the clock care are:
- Daily tasks are increasingly difficult, for example; cooking, cleaning, washing, dressing etc.
- Family members are unable to provide the level of care needed.
- It is becoming unmanageable to live alone at home
If you require care and supervision that cannot be met in your own home, or if you’re considering home adaptations or home care, it may be time to consider a care home. You’ll need to consider your wants and needs, and the cost of the homes in your local area.
When is the right time to move into a Care Home?
Knowing when to move into a care home can be very difficult and there is rarely a perfect time. We encourage you to look at your options before you or your loved one is really struggling. This way, you can be prepared and have a plan in place for when the time comes.
So, when should someone go into a care home? This decision is highly personal and often depends on a variety of factors. It may be the case that a loved one has significant care demands which can often cause stress for you as well as being physically demanding. Or a friend/relative is experiencing an increasing number of falls, worsening health symptoms, they are not eating properly or may be getting disorientated and confused.
If so, the first step is to get a Care Needs Assessment to determine what type and level of support is required. These assessments are free by contacting your local social services department or through your GP.
Making decisions on other people’s behalf
If the person who requires care has a dementia diagnosis or do not have the mental ability to make their own decisions, it may be advisable to have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place. The nominated person can make decisions on behalf of the individual, for their health and care needs, for their finances or for both.
If you have been appointed with LPA for a loved one’s health and care needs, you will only legally act on their behalf when they can no longer make their own decisions. If you think that this time has come, you will need to seek professional advice to ask for an assessment to be completed.
We advise that you make plans as soon as your loved one begins to show early signs of dementia. This makes it easier for you and them when the time comes to make decisions on their behalf.
When the time comes to make the move it can be challenging and may need some careful planning so avoid unnecessary additional stress. We are here to help through the whole process, and to make sure your loved one’s wellbeing comes first.
We are happy to support you all the way but it also advisable to speak with your local authority who will also have lots of information and advice available..
Levels of care
At Springfield, our residents are at the heart of everything that we do. Whatever support you require, our experienced team are well equipped to provide high-quality 24-hour care including residential, nursing, dementia, respite and end of life care. We’re here for you throughout your care journey and there should be no need for you to move from your home with us if your needs change.
Whatever support you require, our experienced team of specialist clinical leads, nurses and carers are selected, trained and supported to provide outstanding care that can improve residents’ quality of life. You can be assured, that we’re here with you every step of the way.
We recognise how hard it can be to care for someone living with dementia. We have many years of experience helping and supporting families to provide tailored dementia support for those that need it. The Springfield Team offers expertise specific to dementia with all our carers having undertaken dementia training programmes upon joining the Springfield family.
Nursing care is offered by our qualified, Nurse-led care teams. This means that medication can be administered, medical support is available, and any care needs are tailored to the individual’s needs.
The social environment
Our talented teams have created residences that provides a welcoming and appealing environment whilst promoting relaxation and wellness. Springfield’s homes are located in the heart of the community, so that residents can maintain their independence, and continue to participate in any activities that they did before moving in to one of our homes.
Our homes have been designed and built to the highest standards with large, comfortable day spaces, superb dining facilities and larger-than-average bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, to provide the best care environment for residents. Each of our homes have a range of beautiful facilities, including spacious lounges, relaxing spas, cinemas and cafés. They are truly a setting where residents have every opportunity to thrive and mix with others.
According to AGE UK, 1.4 million older people often feel lonely. It is therefore important that elderly individuals have opportunities to socialise since this is proven to enhance mental wellbeing. Care homes, such as Springfield’s, can help people with feelings of isolation by encouraging new friendships and creating opportunities to socialise with like-minded people. At Springfield, we encourage residents to get involved in organised activities both within the home, and externally. Learning a new skill, meeting some old friends or revisiting an old hobby can be great for mental and physical wellbeing.
The care home and family relationship
We understand that it’s a huge decision to move a loved one in a care home. However, Springfield is here to offer support throughout the process, as well as during the time you or a loved one is a full-time resident. You will never be on your own, whether you’re the person moving into our home, or making the decision for a loved one, Springfield will be with you every step of the way.
Moving into a care home is a big change for the whole family, but it can also be the very best thing that you do, for both yourself and your loved one. To see how we can help you and your family, call us on 0113 287 6800.