Choosing a care home for a loved-one with dementia

Meaningful activity is essential to provide a stimulating environment and promote mental wellbeing

The move to a care home is a life-changing event. It can be an anxious time for the person involved but also their families. The decision can be fraught with feelings of guilt and also worry about making the choice on behalf of a loved-one who may not be able to make the decision themselves.

Visit and see for yourself

The best way to make the decision is to visit and take a look around. As a family member, or carer, it may be best to make the initial visit yourself and if you are happy, then bring your relative in to spend some time and see how they react to the new environment.

Have a set of questions to ask

There is nothing worse than coming out of somewhere, only to immediately think of a dozen things you should have asked! Taken time before your visit to think about what you would like to know about the home, and specifically how it caters for people with dementia.

Here are some possible questions you may like to ask, or observations you may want to make a note of.

Plan a test stay

There is only so much you can experience in a short visit or walk around. We are happy to arrange a trail day stay to give you and your loved-one more opportunity to experience life in the home and ask questions. Perhaps dine with us and take part in one of many activities.

It gives you a chance to ask lots of questions, observe how our staff interact with our residents and if it is the type of environment your loved-one would be happy in.

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Our care philosphy

At Fairways Care Home our care philosophy is to provide a ‘home from home’ where residents receive individually tailored care, where dignity is respected and where each person’s interests are encouraged.

We cater for not only the physical needs of our residents but also focus on their social, emotional and mental needs.

Our aim is for all our residents to live their lives to the full.