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eddiecat78 Wed 09-Nov-16 10:19:34

I`ve just posted under "health" and I think it should have gone here.

Basically I need to know if there is a website where I can compare local care-homes to help me choose the best one for my father?


silverlining48 Wed 09-Nov-16 10:27:40

All homes are inspected and reports are published. You can view these online. The reports are fairly detailed and you can get an idea from that. Always visit of course preferably without an appointment, to check yourself. How are you greeted? Watch how the staff relate to the residents. Location is important if your father lives some distance he can move to be closer to you because if you plan to visit regularly too long a journey can be inconvenient. Good luck.

kittylester Wed 09-Nov-16 10:38:57

The CQC website lists all of the ones it has inspected with their recommendations but asking around is best.

You need to check what they categories of residents they take not all are able to take nursing care residents or dementia patients. Some homes are purely residential homes but they are willing to keep residents if they develop mild dementia.

kittylester Wed 09-Nov-16 10:40:30

Meant to say that visiting, as silverlinings said is vital. Don't be swayed by how shiny a home is - it's the staff who are important.

Rigby46 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:18:17

eddie I put a link on the other thread

Liz46 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:45:32

I got the best advice from a mobile hairdresser who goes round homes.

kittylester Wed 09-Nov-16 11:47:07

Exactly Liz. DH visits lots of them in the course of his work and gets to see them in the raw!

Elizabeth1 Wed 09-Nov-16 12:20:04

As silverlinging48 says look on the care inspection website and call in to the care home. Pay particular attention to the registration facts. I.e. Is the care home registered for dementia cause if it just says they can manage dementia this is not the same as being registered for dementia. You want a condition of registration which will cater to advancing dementia to avoid your loved one having to move if/when the condition deteriorates. It's not easy so to select even with all the information to hand trust in your own senses. Seeing, smell, hearing and sight. Good luck.

eddiecat78 Wed 09-Nov-16 13:03:18

Thanks very much.
My father is 93 and not suffering from dementia - just a bit muddled. He does however have heart failure which is making him increasingly frail - he is currently in the local heart ward. He lives on his own, I`m only a couple of miles away and call in most days but now I think he really shouldn`t be on his own, especially overnight. I`m just praying that the hospital won`t discharge him before I am able to sort something out for him. I might have to break him in gently by suggesting that he goes somewhere to convalesce.