If you are looking for care homes in Grimsby or Lincolnshire, whether for yourself or a loved one, there is no doubt, you will have an awful lot to consider. As you can imagine, we have lots of families and elderly people come to visit. Often this can be a worrying time, but we’ve found that noting down some questions in preparation often helps in making sure you’re fully prepared and get everything out the visit you had hoped for.
What research should I do when looking for a care home in Grimsby?
A simple internet search should give you a good basis for finding out the information you need. Make a list of prospective care homes in Grimsby and their phone numbers. Have a ring round first and have a chat with the teams. This alone should give you a good feel for the home itself and the staff. From that, book some appointments with the homes you felt were most receptive and helpful.
What sort of questions should I ask when visiting Care Homes in Grimsby?
There are many factors that affect the suitability of a care home for you or your loved one. After all, each and every person is a unique individual and what suits one person might not be right for the next. But with this list of consideration, you should be able to make a more informed decision.
- What’s included in the cost and what isn’t? – This may sound like a strange one, but quite often a home can charge a flat fee for accommodation and care, but meal plans, trips and personal care like hairdressing and pamper activities.
- Does the home have an activity programme? – Care Homes are obligated by CQC (Care Quality Commission) to provide activities, so first and foremost, ensure this is the case. Secondly ask about the range of activities. Are they varied and valuable to the resident? A great activities programme should have a broad mix of entertainment, task and activities that stimulate, and promote health and wellbeing amongst residents.
- How often do the residents get out and about? – Fresh air is vital in maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing, even if it’s a walk round the grounds, your chosen care home should be able to reassure you the residents have regular outdoor time.
- Does the home have a good digital provision? – This may not seem relevant to an elderly person, but you’d be surprised how many members of the older generation rely on technology for entertainment and communication. If you or your loved one loves to video call the grandkids, surf the web or watch TV subscription services, a good internet and TV service is vital.
- What is the menu like? – Eating well later in life is incredibly important to the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Both nutritionally and mentally. A great meal can bring joy to the diner and boost their mood. Ask to see a copy of the menu and ask how often it is changed.
- What are the visiting arrangements? – Most homes operate an open door (within reason) policy nowadays, but it is worth finding out if there are any visiting restrictions.
How can I make a decision?
Hopefully the answers to the questions above and any other concerns you may have will make your choice easier. You should also consider the location of the home, the cost and of course, trust your gut instinct too. You are entrusting the wellbeing of your loved one to a group of strangers so don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask to see areas of the home like the kitchens and bathrooms for example.
If you’s like to organise a visit to Waltham House Care Home, Grimsby then please do give us a call on 01472 827725 or message via the contact page.