Resdidents bedroom

How to personalise your room in a care home

Moving into a care home is a major decision. It is one usually taken by both yourself and loved ones together. One of the more challenging aspects can be leaving your own home and worrying that you are leaving behind an array of memories.

Care homes, such as those run by ACI Care Group, look to make this part of your journey as easy as possible. Part of this is allowing residents to personalise their rooms and to make them as homely as they possibly can. Here are some of the ways that you can make your room as individual as you are:

Adding photos

People spend a lifetime taking and collecting photographs. These are usually proudly displayed in our own homes. They help us to reminisce about journeys from our past, old friends, and our relatives. Given how much photos mean to us all, these are something that you should be including in your room at your care home. This really helps with our residents wellbeing as it keeps memories alive and provides a great talking point for visitors.

Small items of furniture

Do you have a favourite piece of furniture at home? Perhaps it's a chest of draws that proudly displays your favourite photographs. Maybe it’s a bedside cabinet that you just can't do without. Whatever it may be, why not bring it with you? Adding smaller items of furniture can make your room your own and also bring a sense of familiarity. You could go as far as recreating a part of your room at home to help you to feel more settled.

Recreating smells

Our sense of smell is perhaps more powerful than some people think. The truth is that we all have our favourite smells and, sometimes, we associate these with places where we have felt happy and secure. Recreating these smells in your room is a great way to add some individuality and to help you feel at home. It could be that you bring something with you that has a familiar smell, or maybe you use the likes of reed diffusers to create the smell that you want.

Consider bringing your own bedding

Sleeping in a new bed can often be a bit of a challenge and can take time to get used to. One way to help with this is by bringing your own bedding with you. Not only will you have something that makes you feel more comfortable, but you will also have something else that shows your individuality with your choice of colours and fabrics.

Create a memory box

Moving into a care home can feel like you are leaving memories behind. One way of keeping them with you is by creating a memory box. This can contain anything that you want it to that is able to help you recall fond memories. If this is something that you maybe feel you could share, it also provides the ideal opportunity for care staff to get to know the real you.


How do I fund care for my loved one?

When the time comes for your loved one to explore a care home, one of the biggest concerns comes when considering the cost. Bearing in mind the professional care being offered, it is perhaps unsurprising to find that care home fees can mount up.

We want to take the time to put your mind at ease by explaining the options that are open to you when it comes to funding care. Every individual deserves the very best care possible, and fees shouldn’t present a barrier to this.  Here’s a look at the main funding options that are available.


Local authority funding

If your loved one has savings or capital that don’t exceed £23,250, there is the possibility that your local council will contribute towards the cost of a care home. Just how much your council will assist will depend on the type of care that you need and how much that your loved one may be able to afford to pay themselves.

In terms of capital, this refers to savings as well as any property that is owned. There is a possibility that the local authority will disregard the value of your property in certain circumstances. One of these is that the property is your home, and your partner still lives there. You can find out more about this by clicking here.

There is also the possibility of entering into a Deferred Payment Arrangement with the local authority. This sees the local authority funding your care with you agreeing to pay it back from the value of your home. Typically, you can’t use more than 70% - 80% of your home’s value. You may choose to sell your home to repay the council while you are still a care home resident, or you may choose to wait until after you have passed away for this to happen.

If Local Authority is a route that you think is right for you, then you’ll first need to arrange for an assessment to be carried out. Known as a needs assessment, this shows the degree of care that someone may need and establishes how much the council can contribute towards the costs.


NHS funding

There is also the possibility that the NHS may be able to assist with care home fees. Whether or not your loved one may be eligible for financial support is not always clear, and the eligibility requirements can often change.

The funding provided by the NHS is known as continued healthcare funding. Generally, it is only available if your loved one has ongoing, complex needs that require healthcare.


Private funding

Where your loved one is not eligible for funding from your local authority, or the NHS, it is usually necessary to explore the options that are available for privately funded care. Even if you do self-fund care, there is still the possibility that your loved one could qualify for other financial support.

The most common ways of privately funding a care home include:


Equity release:

This is one of the most common ways of funding a care home if your loved one is a homeowner. It allows access to equity in the property without actually selling it.  The two main types of equity release are lifetime mortgage and home reversion. It is important to seek independent financial advice before exploring this option so that you are fully aware of any risks involved.


Accessing savings:

If your loved one has savings, then this is an ideal way to fund care home costs. Generally, savings are readily accessible and using them doesn’t involve any risks. Of course, savings won’t be limitless so you may need to explore alternative funding methods before these run out.


Using a pension:

If your loved one is at least 55 years old then they can explore using their pension and income drawdown. Providing that a pension isn’t needed for any other expenses, it can make sense to transfer it into a drawdown product that can be used to fund care home fees.


Insurance Policies:

If you have any form of insurance policy, you need to check for the following:

  • Is it a life insurance policy with a cash in value that you can use?
  • Is there critical illness cover that can be accessed?
  • It’s rare, but do you have a long-term care insurance policy that you can use? Alternatives are immediate care plans and pre-funded care plans.

Types of Care

What are the different types of care available for the elderly?

We know that finding the right care can all get a little confusing. Whether you are searching for yourself, or a loved one, there needs to be a certainty when it comes to the types of care that are offered. At Mountside, part of ACI Care, we’re here to help you through your journey to finding the right home for you, starting with understanding the different types of care available…


Residential care

Residential care offers a safe, secure, and fun environment where residents are given only the support that they want or need. This sees residents being assisted with personal care tasks such as washing, dressing, and perhaps taking medication.

At ACI Care, our residential care homes have a focus on activities and socialising alongside the standard care that is provided. We ensure that our residents' lives are full and rewarding.

For more information on residential care services at our homes, click here.

Dementia care

Dementia care sees additional support put into place for those who have been diagnosed with this condition. While residents may need similar support to those receiving residential care, there also needs to be consideration given to other needs. This may involve memory loss or difficulty with making sense of surroundings.

ACI Care homes provide specialist trained staff who offer the very best in dementia care. This means that all our residents' needs are understood and managed. The result is that lives can be lived to the fullest.

For more information on dementia care services at our homes, click here.


Respite care

Respite care allows residents to experience all that residential care has to offer but is provided on a temporary basis. Respite care may be for several nights, or it could be for several weeks. Often this type of care is sought where someone is perhaps recovering from a hospital stay or where a family member is temporally unavailable.

At ACI Care, our respite care residents have access to all the support, care, and activities that our long-term residents have. We provide the perfect environment that allows for recovery or even just a break.

For more information on dementia care services at our homes, click here.


Residential, dementia and respite care are the three main services we offer in our homes. Alternative care options that may be suitable for you include specialist nursing and palliative care homes…


Nursing care

Nursing homes could be the right option for you or your loved one if care demands are a little higher than what is offered in a care home. Nursing care sees assistance being provided with more personal care, but there are also qualified nurses who form part of the team.

Nursing care is suited to those who experience significant struggles with day-to-day life. It is for residents who require the care of a nurse and are being treated for various medical conditions.


Palliative care

This type of care is provided for people who have an illness, or disease, that they are not able to recover from. Palliative care is also referred to as end-of-life care and is offered to those who are in the latter stages of illness.

There is a focus on dignity here, both in life and in death. Attention is given to people as a whole, ensuring that they are as comfortable as possible in terms of pain management as well psychological, social, and spiritual wellbeing.


If you would like to find out more about the services on offer at Mountside, get in touch with a member of the team on 01424 424144.