Care home checklist
Helping you to choose the right care home for your loved ones.
Information and advice you need to help you love later life. We’re Age UK and our goal is to enable older people to love later life.
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This information guide has been prepared by The Leading Care Company and contains general advice only, it should not be relied on as a basis for any decision or action and cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The Leading Care Company Neither nor any companies mentioned in this article accepts any liability arising from its use and it is the reader’s sole responsibility to ensure any information is up to date and accurate.
This article about Care home checklist cover the following
- What this guide is about
- First steps
- Home details
- Location and accessibility
- First impressions
- Day-to-day considerations
- Social life and activities
- Having visitors
- Your care needs
- Contracts and fees
- Complaints and feedback
- Useful organisations
What this article is about?
Choosing a care home is one of the most important decisions anyone can make. After all, you want to be sure that the home offers everything you or your loved one needs and is a happy and comfortable place to live in. Finding out as much as you can about a care home will help you to make an informed choice.
This handy guide contains suggestions for a number of things that you might want to consider when looking for a care home. Don’t feel you have to ask everything; think about what is most important or relevant to you or your loved one.
You may be able to find the information you need in various ways, such as by looking at the care home’s brochure, calling or emailing the home, visiting in person, or talking to the staff or manager. However you decide to approach it, you should make sure that you have found out everything you need to help you make the right choice.
For more information and advice about looking for a care home, see our free guide Care homes and our free fact sheet Finding care home accommodation. In Berkshire, contact Age Berkshire for its version of this fact sheet.
The information given in this leaflet applies across England, Slough, and Berkshire. Please contact Age Berkshire for its guide on choosing a care home.
Before considering a care home, here are some key first steps to take:
- Ensure that the home provides the level of care you or your loved one needs, or could need in the future.
- Check if the home currently has any vacancies; if it has none, find out how long the waiting list is. If it has a long waiting list and you are looking for a home with availability now, then you may want to look elsewhere.
- If the home has a brochure, take a look at it before or during your visit.
- Read the most recent inspection report for the home. You can ask the home for it, or you can look for it on the regulator’s website. Care homes are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission in England and Slough.
You can record the details of homes that you visit here.
Date of visit:
Date of visit:
Date of visit:
Location and accessibility
Social life and activities
Social facilities – does the home have:
Social activities – does the home offer:
Which is the main meal of the day?
Where do residents usually eat?
How often does the menu change?
How are resident’s preferences or special diets catered for?
Are visitors able to visit during meal times and can they have meals?