The choice to put a loved one into a care home or nursing home is never easy and the decision tends to be made by a family member who has found the job of caring has become overwhelming. Knowing when it is time to start finding a care home can be tricky and waiting for the perfect time may mean you’ve left it to late and to a point where you and your loved one are really struggling.
If your loved one is elderly, you may notice they are having an increasing number of falls or they are not eating properly and might be getting confused or disorientated. If you’re worried about your loved one, the first step is to get a Care Needs Assessment.
Once you’ve taken the decision to move a family member into residential care, there can be a huge range of emotions to deal with including guilt and sadness, also being overwhelmed by the types of care homes and care services available.
Will my mum receive better care in a care home?
People often move into care homes not just because the care is better, but because the setting suits their care and social needs. Care homes offer round-the-clock supervision, care and security, as well as opportunities to socialise with other residents and facilities such as gardens, libraries, cinemas and hair salons. For people who are physically disabled or frail, care homes might be safer than their own homes.
Is there a perfect time to put a loved one in a care home?
The right time to put someone in a care home is highly personal and there may never be the perfect time to act. If they have dementia, you may wish to choose a home together while they still have the mental capacity to do so and move in early to ease the transition. You might want to care for them yourself or receive home care for as long as it is practical.
I don’t want to live apart from my husband, what can I do?
Some people choose to move into a care home with their partners. You don’t have to need care in order to move into a care home, if you are within the age range that the care home facilitates and can afford to self-fund the fees, moving into a care home with your partner is always an option. This means you don’t have to deliver their care or be separated.
What if caring for a loved one is to demanding for me?
If your loved one needs a lot of care, this can cause stress for you as their carer. You may find it physically demanding as well. Home care can take the pressure off you, but sometimes it’s safer for your loved one and your mental health if they move into a care home.