It can be a stressful process deciding which care home to choose for a family member with learning disabilities. Being aware of the excellent facilities and staff available, many people know that a learning disability care home is the best solution for everyone involved. However the transition can still be tough, as some feel guilty about leaving their loved one with strangers.
When doing your research into different care homes, it's important to know what you're looking for. You can then hand your family member over with clear knowledge about the home and trust in their care expertise.
Here are some features to consider when choosing a learning disability care home:
1) Service Quality Standard
Firstly, you must ensure that the care service focuses on the personal needs of its residents, to help them cope with everyday tasks. Decide on the quality standard of various aspects of their services, including therapy, special diet, entertainment, recreation and personal hygiene.
If your family member has a more serious learning disability, check that the home employs a fully competent residential nurse to take care of any regulating health issues quickly and effectively.
Some residents will feel uncomfortable and confused when placed in a new home. Make sure that the care home offers a friendly and comfortable environment that matches what they are used to at home and makes them feel at ease. Moving from the home he / she is accredited is already a big change to deal with, so having an environment with familiar comforts is very helpful.
2) The Cost
When comparing the learning disability care homes out there, you will notice that charges can vary veryly. These differences in price are caused by many factors, one of these being quality of facilities.
Although you should not compromise on the quality of services, you should always make sure that your chosen home comes at a price you can afford. If you can not afford to continue paying the residential fees for your loved one, you may have to transfer to a more affordable facility. This is not ideal because the move could cause further stress to your loved one.
However, in some cases it is possible to get government support for the cost of residential care, where you get assistance on paying to for the care. It's worth checking out whether you're eligible for this, as it might go a long way in reducing your bills.
Unless you have no other option, it's best to choose a care home that is within a reasonable traveling distance. You will there before be able to visit more often and make him / her feel loved and appreciated. Not to mention saving money on petrol or train fares.
If he / she does not see his family, it may cause the disability to get worse. To ensure that this does not happen, ask if the home allows family members and friends to visit at any time, or if there are set rules. It's well worth checking if they offer social activities and outings for the residents, as well as worship activities if applicable.
Finally, if the task of choosing a learning disability care home is new to you, ask friends and family to help you. Do research to gather as much information as possible about the facilities available.
Alternately, you may request a social worker to do the research for you and find the right care home, based on your needs. But do not just rely on what you have heard. Most respectable homes, will allow drop-in visits and tours, where you can ask as many questions. This will also help you make the right decision.