So what makes a really good care home and one which is so good, you’re prepared to move a loved one in ?
I suppose more importantly, who decides whether the care home for the elderly is right or not, the resident themselves or the relative (s) who make the arrangements ?
For many of the best Care homes in the Birmingham area, this must be a difficult question as they will be trying to cater for both parties. The impressive facade, comprehensive features expensive fixtures and fittings will undoubtedly impress the decision makers (especially if they are responsible for paying the bill) but ultimately, the most important factor here is the resident themselves.
We at Dunley Hall recognise that all our Residents have completely different needs and are thereby impressed by different factors; ironically, none of the things which may be important to the relative(s) who make the initial arrangements.
It’s the way we make our residents feel that we at Dunley Hall focus upon. Do they feel secure, are they comfortable, do they feel right at home and are we listening and acting upon their needs?
Of course, we do have impressive facilities which our residents like and enjoy on a regular basis such as great individually prepared foods, comfortable and individually tailored rooms, lovely gardens and games rooms etc.
More importantly, we also encourage our residents to fill their days with activities which they do or hope they will enjoy such as ; quiz afternoons, gardening, knitting, flower arranging, sing along sessions, baking, exercise sessions, darts, cards, skittles as we feel it important to fill their days with enjoyable events which can be looked forward to.
…and for all our residents who enjoy the world wide web, they have internet access whenever they wish…
It can be a very daunting task when you finally realise it’s time for a loved one to move into a Residential Care Home in Birmingham. The prospect of taking them away from their home, where their creature comforts and the feeling of safety and security are ever present.
The question is, what do you look for in a quality care home, what factors determine your decision and how do you recognise a good Care home compared with one which simply won’t be right for your needs?
Without doubt there are some very impressive Care Homes out there, some with amazing facilities such as in house hair salons, Cinema rooms, various restaurants,libraries, beautiful gardens with great views etc etc.
However, the harsh reality is all this can be meaningless unless the care behind closed doors matches the facilities on offer. The fact is, many residents are simply not interested in such features as these are things which may never have been part of their previous lives anyway and as such will not be an important factor in ensuring their future happiness.
We at Dunley Hall place our entire focus upon making all our residents feel right at home…put simply,it is a ‘home from home environment’. The overall care, kindness and compassion provided by our staff is highlighted by the fact that our residents simply don’t want to be anywhere else because they are at home.
One easy way to help make the right move is to place your loved one into ‘a residential home with respite care’. This way, they’re able to see how the Home makes them feel, the level of care and understanding, not to mention the quality of food on offer (is it the way they like it ?).
Why not call us or simply pop in when you’re in the area and have a look around, one of our friendly staff will be happy to help and answer any questions or potential concerns you may have.