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Moving into a care home checklist

Moving into a care home checklist

It’s only natural to feel daunted if moving into a care home, but there are few things you and your carer can do to ease the uncertainty and make settling in as smooth and seamless as possible. We’ve put together this guide to help you and anyone assisting you make the experience a positive one and give you peace of mind.

Finding the right care home

If you’ve decided to look for residential care to help support your needs or condition, it’s important to find a home that you’ll enjoy living and socialising in. Here are a few things to look out for during those all-important first impressions:

First impressions:

Staff members:

Facilities:

Funding your care

There are many different ways that you can go about financing your care depending on the length of your stay and outcome of your financial assessment. Having this necessary administration organised in plenty of time means that on moving day you and your carer can concentrate on making sure you feel at home.

Your day-to-day needs

Whether you want to socialise in common areas playing games and taking part in groups, or have quiet time in the tranquillity of your own room watching television, it’s important to know about the day-to-day life you’ll be living and how it fits in with your requirements.

What to do with your valuables & furniture

Little touches can help to make your residential care stay feel like home. Although it will differ between care facilities, you can usually bring personal belongings to varying degrees. Of course, you’ll want to know that your precious valuables are kept safe and secure, so double check processes and things like access to safes.

Visitors and loved ones

Moving into a care home can feel overwhelming, so seeing the familiar faces of loved ones can help to ease the change. By regularly having visitors, over time it should be able to feel like welcoming them to your own home.

Things your carer can help with

For the carer, there are plenty of things they can do to help make the move as seamless and painless as possible. Remember, it’s ok to feel that the move is difficult for you too, but making sure you’re there every step of the way can help. Once they’re in and settled, you can make sure that everything is going smoothly:

If you have any questions about yours or your loved one’s stay at either of our Weymouth care homes, then be sure to get in touch with our friendly team. We offer warm welcomes to all residents and their friends and families, and strive to do everything in our power to make our home feel like theirs.

If you would like to arrange a visit or discuss your residential care needs please call Peter Fry 01305 78 78 11.

See the Latest CQC report for Friary Care – Friary House and Kingsley Court, Weymouth