Things to Consider When Choosing a Retirement Home for a Loved One

The decision to move a loved one into a retirement home is an extremely emotional one. You likely feel awful about depriving them of their independence and you worry about how they will be treated. It is however important to remember that you are doing the right thing, placing your loved one into a retirement home has a myriad of benefits for both you and them. The main advantage is the provision of peace of mind; you will be happy in the knowledge that your elder is receiving professional care and is both warm and fed. Furthermore, the removing of burdens such as home-maintenance and food preparation will markedly increase their free time, allowing them to focus on things they enjoy, such as hobbies and socialising. Choosing the right home is difficult however, here are some factors you will wish to consider:

Price: This varies dramatically, most homes have entry fees as well as monthly charges and the total yearly cost could be hundreds of thousands of pounds. Unfortunately everyone’s budget is unique, but note that price may affect things such as; location, food, accommodation, social activities, medical care and expertise of carers.

Location: This is often a deciding factor when choosing a home. The chances are you want them close to you – making visiting easy, however there are other things to consider. The climate should be principle among these. As we age we become more susceptible to temperature extremes – an icy pavement becomes less of an inconvenience and more of a life threatening hazard, similarly the elderly are much more likely to suffer from heat stroke. As you know location and temperature and tied, so if you are a northern resident it might be wise to consider the harsh winters when choosing your home. If your parent is an adventurous type; then consider an overseas home – anyone who has the read or seen “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will recognise the potential benefits of this.

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Needs: This is without a doubt the most important factor effecting your loved ones happiness and wellbeing. As mentioned previously, the services provided vary from home to home so you must consider what is most important for you. The most important factors are;

  1. Healthcare – the experience, knowledge and attention of the staff.
  2. General Aid – your loved one may need aid in moving, cooking, cleaning and even bathing.
  3. Leisure activities – some homes offer no activities whatsoever, while others can offer golf, courses, fitness centres and built in cinemas
  4. Companionship – this can be offered in the form of carer companionship or from other residents. The larger the home, the more other residents there will be.

Hopefully you will now be a little more aware of what is important for you when it comes to finding a home.

This article was written by Jacob Catt, a Bristol resident who highly recommends Abbeyfield-Bristol to anyone looking for retirement home for their loved one.

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