Choosing a Care Home

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a care home for yourself or a loved one. It can be difficult to know where to begin but at Balhousie Care we are here to guide you through the process. Factors such as care home environment, nutrition, social activities, Care Inspectorate gradings and fees all need to be considered.

Here to Help

Our care home managers understand that this can be a daunting time for the whole family and can give you all the advice and support you require during your visit to your chosen home.

We also advise talking to as many people as possible; family, friends or colleagues who have made the same decision at some point themselves and can offer advice.

We have also put together this printable guide that can help you with some of the questions you may have - and also provided answers to questions that you may not have considered before.

Understanding Care Home Gradings

The Care Inspectorate is the independent regulator for the care sector in Scotland. They carry out annual inspections against sets of standards and produce detailed reports about quality and safety. Homes are obliged by law to make these reports available to the public. You can find them on homes' websites or ask for printed copies. Balhousie have all of these available to download on the individual ‘Find a Care Home’ pages.

All of this considered, choosing your care home boils down to one thing; deciding what is important to you. Here at Balhousie, we recommend taking somebody you can trust along on your initial visit; two opinions are often better than one. This will enable you both to get a feel for the home and it is always useful to have an objective view.

We also suggest making a ‘checklist’ of things that it is important for your care home to have. This can contain anything from practical factors such as accessibility to local shops, churches or pubs or if it is in a convenient location for friends and family to visit, through to care and medical factors such as if the home can manage your specific medical needs.