Choosing the Right Care

Every day, over 450 people in the UK make the decision to move into a residential care or nursing home. With this decision comes planning and consideration to make sure you find the right care for yourself or a loved one, but knowing where to start can be a daunting prospect.

Care South is a not-for-profit charity with a genuine dedication to supporting people in the community who need help to get the best out of life, by offering high quality, compassionate care, tailored to individual needs.

Care South recommends five simple steps to help you choose the right care home:

1. Research – it’s important to look at all the options so that you, or your loved ones, can make the right decision for you – the individual. Different care homes have different facilities and offer different ranges of care.

2. Get all the details – contact the homes and ask for a brochure to find out more information. It is difficult for care homes to tell you the exact price of their services until a full assessment has been made, but care homes should be able to tell you their price ranges for the care they offer.

3. Visit – make sure you visit the care homes that you are considering to make sure they can meet your current and possible future needs. 

4. Undertake an assessment - once you have made your decision on which home you would like to choose, book a time for an assessment to be made. Everyone’s needs are different and care homes will want to undertake an assessment to ensure they are fully up to speed with your needs and requirements and offer the best balance of care.

5. Plan your transition - Ask the staff at the care home what can be done to make the move as easy as possible. Care South encourages residents to bring their own favourite pieces of furniture and possessions with them to help create familiar and comfortable surroundings, whilst staff are keen to work with all families closely to make it as easy and as settling as possible.

To find out more about Care South residential care, call us on 01202 712400 or visit