Advice on moving in
Find out more about the process of moving in and prepare for every step of the journey with our checklist.
Care is a sensitive subject and speaking to your loved one about moving into a care home can be tough. It might feel scary or overwhelming for them, or they may have out-dated assumptions about care homes.
When you bring up the conversation, make sure you listen to their fears but focus on the benefits of living in a care home, like the opportunities for socialising, activities and outings, and the freedom from worrying about running a house.
You can read more about having these conversations in our free guide, A helping hand.
Finding the right care home for your loved one is key to ensuring they receive the best possible care and settle in well. There is much to consider, from your loved one’s care needs to the home’s location to the atmosphere and feel of the home. Download our checklist and you’ll cover all the bases.
Once you’ve found the best home, take a trip to the home and show your loved one around. They might have preconception of what a care home is and be surprised to find a hotel-like environment, complete with unique offerings like salons, cinemas and even pubs.
Check if the home offers a 'resident for a day' programme so your loved one can experience daily life in the care home, including meals, activities and getting to know the other residents. Alternatively, a short respite stay may get them familiar with the idea of living in a home.
While visiting, make a note of what the home provides in each room and what you’ll need to bring.
As well as clothing (enough for two weeks), toiletries and personal items, bringing photos and other sentimental belongings will help your loved one settle into the home. Our homes are happy to paint the room their favourite colour, hang pictures and put up shelves so your loved one can bring their personality to their room.
Team members will pop in to introduce themselves and will help your loved one settle in and meet other residents in the home. It’s important to talk to them and let them know any preferences around daily routines.
Our care and lifestyle teams will start getting to know your loved one immediately, and they will help them get involved with activities and support them with any new interests they’d like to pursue.
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Don’t forget to let the relevant people and organisations on your mailing list know about your loved one’s new address. Make sure their GPs, local council, banks, utility companies and any friends and family know where they can contact them.
Wherever you are in the process of selecting a care home, there are important questions that you’ll want to ask the team.
At Care UK, we believe that moving into a care home offers the start of a positive new chapter to your loved one’s life. Many people find that receiving round-the-clock, tailored care gives them a whole new lease of life. For people living with dementia, there are even more benefits to living in a care home.
In the safety and comfort of a care home, they can make new friends, enjoy activities and even try new hobbies or reignite old passions.
Making the move into a care home also impacts family and friends. Many who take on a caring role feel they are free to go back to being their loved one’s child, spouse or friend. With the care home taking on the practical care of your loved one, you are free to visit and enjoy quality time together again.
If a care home sounds like the right move for you or your loved one, find your local care home to discover the care and lifestyle they can provide.