Knowing where to start can be bewildering. The first step is to consider factors outside the range of personal choice.
You, or your loved one, will most likely have already been assessed by a medical professional, to determine your level of need. This will indicate whether you need rest home care, hospital care or dementia care, as well as the level of care you need within those categories.
Whether you are looking for rest home or private hospital accommodation, your choice is limited by what is available at the time.
Having excluded a number of possibilities because of assessment, and availability, the next step is to determine suitable homes or hospitals from those that are available. The most important consideration is to find a home that will suit you. You may wish to think about the following:
Having narrowed down your choices, the selection process becomes more personal, and this is where a visit to the home or hospital is essential to ascertain such things as:
If you are viewing a dementia or Alzheimers facility providing a secure environment, enquire about what kinds of activities are provided for the special needs of residents. Staff in these homes should be trained in this specialised area of care. Things you may want to check are:
What does the residential care subsidy cover? Generally, the subsidy includes such services as meals, laundry, nursing care, house doctors' fees, pharmacy charges etc. Most homes and hospitals will gladly supply you with a list of what is included for your fees and what is not.