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CHAPTER 10 5. What should I look for in a care home?


Think about what’s important to you, make a list of things to check and questions to ask. Take notes on the way round, and take someone with you to get another opinion. Consider:


• Recent inspection reports (which can be found at Care Quality Commission, www.cqc.org.uk)


• What is the weekly fee and what does this include?


• How much say will I have on how the home is run? Is there a resident committee? • How big are the rooms and can you bring your own furniture? • How will they keep you entertained? Is it close to local amenities? • Can your visitors get there easily?


• Do you have preferences or special requirements for meals and can the home meet these? What time do they serve meals?


• Will the home be able to support you if your care needs change?


• Are the staff smiling and welcoming? Do other people living there look relaxed? • Does the home smell clean and look well kept? • Is the garden important and how accessible is it? • Can I take my pet with me?


So do your preparation and research and, when the time comes, remember you have the right to choose the best future for yourself. Good luck!


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