How to choose the right care home for your loved ones?

care home pharmacy

Placing a family member into a care home can be a distressing experience, but it’s important to remember that care homes are there for a reason. They can provide personalised round the clock care that wouldn’t be available elsewhere.

Because both the potential care home resident and the family may be nervous about this major life change, it’s easy to forget to ask all the relevant questions when viewing a care home. You should take a checklist with the questions you want answered so you can ensure you leave fully informed.

To help you, we’ve created this guide of what to look for when choosing a care home.

Care Home Interview Checklist

In 2023, most searches for services and facilities are done online. You can also find potential care homes through an agency, a charity, or through the council. When you find a few that seem like they could be a good fit and they have vacancies, make an appointment to tour the facility.

Some questions you should ask are:

  • Can they provide the specific level of care that’s required?
  • Can they provide enhanced care that may be required in the future?
  • What are the accommodations like and what do we need to provide?
  • Are dietary needs catered for?
  • How is medication managed?
  • What are the visitor policies?
  • Are there activities or other enrichment programmes?
  • What fees are they and what do they cover/not cover?

Additionally, you should query how medical care is provided to the residents. For instance, are there any healthcare providers on site? What level of medical training do the staff have and where is the nearest GP surgery/hospital? You should also ask whether they use the services of a care home pharmacy.

Pharmacy to My Door’s Care Home Pharmacy in Moreton-in-Marsh

As a leading care home pharmacy in Brailes and Chipping Campden, we know how much our services enhance the lives of care home residents. Not only do our pharmacists ensure safe and correct medication management, but we free up valuable time for care home staff. This leaves them with more time to spend with residents.

Studies show that care home pharmacies improve the health of residents and reduce the risk of illness and injury. To find out more about your local care home pharmacy in Wellesbourne and Stratford Upon Avon, contact PTMD.

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