What can I expect when moving into a care home?

When the time comes to move into a care home, there may be a mix of emotions. There is likely to be a sense of relief for both you and your loved one, but there is also likely to be a degree of uncertainty and maybe even some nervousness.

At ACI Care, we want to make any move as easy as possible so here we are going to consider exactly what you can expect whether you are receiving respite care, residential care, or dementia care.

First things first

Before it gets to the stage of moving into a care home, you need to be sure that you have found the right home for you and your loved one. An initial conversation with a care provider is often the best first step. This can help you to find out key information and to see if the care home is the right fit.

Arrange a visit

If you were going to move house you would arrange a viewing first. Moving into a care home is no different. ACI Care encourages potential residents and their families to pay us a visit. This is a chance to see the environment itself and also to ask the staff any questions.

Make your space homely

When it comes to moving in you will find that staff will offer you all of the support that you need. They will make sure that your move goes without a hitch and that you can make your room your own. We often find that residents love to bring items from home so that they can decorate their rooms and make them their own.

24/7 care on hand

Of course, a move into a care home has been for a reason. Whether you are in need of respite care, residential care, or dementia care it is important that this is on hand when you need it. At ACI Care homes, the assistance that you need is available every second of every day from our caring members of staff.

Life on your terms

Moving into a care home is a step towards taking back control. Do you want to throw yourself into all of the activities that are on offer or do you want to step back and enjoy some peace and quiet? Either way, you take charge of what you want to do, and our staff will support you every step of the way.

A chance to explore new hobbies

Perhaps you already have a favourite pastime. Maybe you are looking for something new. ACI Care homes cater for your needs regardless. We can help you rekindle an old interest or we can introduce you to something new. There is plenty to get involved with.

Make new friends

Our residents build strong friendships with each other. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that our care homes have a family feel to them. Whether it is mixing in communal areas or taking part in many of the activities that are offered, there is plenty of opportunities to mix with other residents and to form meaningful relationships.

Great quality meals

Our care homes boast the very best when it comes to the dining experience. We provide meals that are balanced and healthy and, more importantly, tasty! Our dining rooms ensure that meals are also a social occasion and they provide a great way to catch up with other residents.

For more information on what it’s like to live at an ACI Care home, get in touch with our friendly team today and we’d be delighted to show you around.

How do I talk to my loved one about moving into care?

It may be that there have been certain signs that suggest that your loved one will benefit from a care home. Perhaps there is a need for respite care, residential care, or assistance with dementia. No matter what the reason, it is normal for relatives to find it difficult to broach the subject.

At ACI Care, we want to make the transition into a home as easy as possible. As difficult as it may seem, it all starts with that first conversation. Here are our tips to help make that conversation just a little bit easier.

Planning in advance

Discussing the potential need for a care home is not a conversation to have on the spur of the moment. Before it gets to the stage of talking there are certain things to consider. Some of these include:

The right time

When it comes to talking about moving into a care home, you need to choose the right time. This means considering the time of day. Too late and your loved one may be feeling tired and less receptive. It is important to consider the right time for you as well: make sure it is not a time when you need to rush and are feeling stressed.

The right place

There is no getting away from the fact that talking to your loved one about the need for residential, respite, or dementia care is going to be emotional. You need to ensure that you choose a setting that is private and where you are unlikely to be interrupted. A public place is best avoided.

The right people

It may be that your loved one has a friend or relative that has a special way of getting through. If so, consider if this is the right person to be present to have this discussion. Make sure that there aren’t too many people present though as this could lead to your loved one feeling crowded and perhaps even pressured.

The right advice

Regardless of how your loved one first takes the news, there are likely to be questions. It is important that you know about the types of care that are offered and also have some understanding of the financial implications. ACI Care can provide you with all of the information that you’ll need about the types of care that exist.

Starting the conversation

Finding the opening lines to any difficult conversation can be hard. Talking to your loved one about moving into care is no exception. Things to consider when starting to talk are:

Make clear that it is a two-way conversation

  • Ensure that you ask questions that show that your loved one understands.
  • Be clear that they can find out more details either through yourself or by talking to a home manager direct if they wish.

Keep the conversation positive

  • Explain that you love your family member and are looking out for their best interests.
  • Focus on the benefits of moving into care. Some of these benefits include:
    • Access to professional carers 24/7
    • The opportunity to meet new people and become part of a community
    • No more house chores! Including freshly prepared meals three times a day, plus snacks!
    • The chance to try out new activities in the safety of the home. Activities may include painting, gardening, baking, pottery, exercise classes etc. Find out what they might enjoy and talk to a home manager about how they might be able to facilitate their hobbies.

If you are looking into care for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to plan a visit to a care home that you are considering. This can provide reassurance for both you and your loved one.

Why not get in touch and arrange a visit with us today so that we can bring peace of mind.

When should I seek care for my loved one?

Realising that a loved one is in need of care is not always easy to accept. The thought of a move into a care home can bring emotions that are difficult for both you and your family member. Often though, when the time comes to make that move there is a sense of relief for all concerned.

Trying to care for a loved one yourself can bring added tensions to your relationship. Especially where dementia is concerned, it can become particularly upsetting. Sometimes just respite care can bring a much-needed break and allow you to know that your loved one is being cared for. Here are some of the things that show that care may be the right option for your loved one:

Your loved one is struggling with day-to-day tasks

Perhaps there is a degree of acceptance that things get a little more difficult as we get older. Of course, that is true, but when a loved one is struggling with basic tasks this could be a sign that care is right for them. Tasks such as:

  • Getting themselves in and out of bed
  • Getting themselves dressed
  • Being able to wash and take care of personal hygiene
  • The ability to prepare meals

If your loved one is unable to perform these tasks, it may well be that moving into a care home is the right move for them.

A loss of mobility

Of course, a lack of mobility will also have an impact on the day-to-day tasks that we have already looked at. However, it goes a little further than this. People who do not receive the care that they need often become isolated and lonely. A lack of mobility sees them unable to leave their home and seek company. Signs of your loved one struggling with mobility include:

  • A greater reliance on aids such as a walking stick
  • Unable to walk around the house without being out of breath
  • The need for a mobility scooter
  • An increase in the number of trips and falls that they’ve experienced

At ACI Care, we ensure that all of our residents lead full and active lives. A lack of mobility doesn’t mean that they are isolated and we actively encourage them to socialise and be part of our community.

A diagnosis of dementia

When it comes to caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, there is no getting away from the fact that this is tough. There is a drain on family members both physically and emotionally along with the constant worry about their loved one’s wellbeing.

Seeking a care home that provides specialist dementia care is a source of relief. You will have peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the very best care.

A little extra care

There may be steps that need to be taken to keep your loved one in the best state of health possible. These could include:

  • Regular medication
  • The changing of dressings
  • Exercises to improve circulation

When it gets to the stage where a loved one is struggling with these tasks, it could be that it is time to seek care. It could be that your family member is forgetting to take medication or that they aren’t physically capable to change a dressing. Of course, you may be able to assist but over the long term, this can become a struggle.

At ACI Care we ensure that your loved one is given the appropriate care that they need. Our care homes see our residents blossom by learning new skills and rediscovering themselves. Family members find peace of mind and newfound happiness when they see their loved ones prosper.

For help and advice when looking into care for a loved one contact us today