How do you know if your loved one needs to move into a care home?

 

There are many factors to consider when planning for your loved one’s future. Our care homes in Sussex understand the enormity of the decision you have to make when it comes to their care.

 

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to help you better understand your loved one’s needs:

Senior mother and daughter

Care Homes in Sussex: Watch for Signs of Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness can affect us all, but when we approach our older years, it can also be an early warning sign of dementia.

 

If you notice that your loved one’s forgetfulness is becoming more frequent, or you notice unusual patterns in their behaviour, then you might find it helpful to arrange a GP assessment for them.

 

Even in the very early stages, dementia can take its toll on everyone affected. You may find that your loved one feels more comfortable in a secure, supervised environment, such as a care home. On the other hand, you may find that they’re not quite ready for this, but having a plan in place can help make the transition easier.

Care Homes in Sussex: Senior Man With Memory Loss

Loss of Mobility

To live comfortably in their own home, your loved one should be able to move around safely and with ease.

 

If their mobility is deteriorating, it may be a good idea to see a GP who can check for any underlying health conditions. It’s also important to consider the risks that may arise if your loved one continues to live alone.

 

At this point, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your loved one’s long-term care plans. If you think a care home setting would be best for them, try to start looking at a few different options – but make sure to include your loved one in decisions made wherever possible.

Mobility Loss

Care Homes in Sussex: Reducing Loneliness

If your loved one doesn’t have family nearby, moving into a residential care home can often be a wonderful choice. They’ll be around a group of like-minded individuals, who will soon become friends. They can spend plenty of time taking part in activities, socialising and enjoying meals together.

 

You may find that moving into one of our care homes in Sussex is just the tonic your loved one needs for improving their mental health.

Care homes in Sussex: Reducing loneliness

Is Your Loved One Safe?

Safety is an important element of independent living. If you feel it might be compromised by your loved one living alone, it may be time to consider residential care.

 

This can offer peace of mind for all involved, knowing that your loved one is in safe hands, surrounded by love and care.

Care homes in Sussex: Safety at home

Does Your Loved One Struggle, Even With Help?

If your loved one is unable to manage everyday tasks, such as cleaning, cooking, and personal care, they might benefit from moving into one of our Sussex care homes.

 

You can start by employing regular help from a carer, but if they’re still finding it difficult to manage, and you’ve exhausted all other options, residential care can offer excellent support for your loved one.

 

Care home staff will help your loved one maintain their independence so, even though they have access to round-the-clock care, they’re encouraged and supported to do as much as they can for themselves.

Senior woman struggling to open medication

Sussex Care Homes: Deteriorating Health

If your loved one’s health is in decline, it can make it difficult for them to live alone.

 

Our Sussex care homes offer complete care for residents, from residential and respite to dementia

 

So, if your loved one has deteriorating health, has had a fall, or is being discharged from hospital, we’ll welcome them into one of our homes and enable them to live a happy, comfortable and fulfilling life.

Care homes in Sussex: Senior woman needing medical attention

To find out more about any of our Sussex care homes, please contact a member of our team.

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover how to fund care for your loved one?