How to choose a nursing home

Choosing a nursing home is an important decision. Follow our step-by-step guide and we’ll help you make the right choice.

Although many people can feel worried and overwhelmed at the prospect of moving to a care home, once settled in the benefits are clear.

The change of environment can be daunting, but our homes make the transition as smooth as possible – it’s what comes with over 30 years of experience.

Often it’s a relief to be looked after by professional nursing and care staff: those who have felt lonely and unable to cope with a house or garden are pleasantly surprised by the feeling of companionship; those who may need medical attention can actually feel more independent than when they were living in their own home.

But it’s vital to choose the right place – it will, after all, be your (or your relative’s) new home.

To help you work out what you want, consider asking these questions: 

6 key questions

1. What kind of home is it?

  • Does it offer the right level of care?
  • Will it provide any future care needs?
  • Will relatives/the resident be involved in decision making?
  • How is GP care arranged?
  • Can residents decide when to get up, and go to bed?
  • Are other services such as physiotherapy and chiropody available?
  • Is there a visiting dentist or optician?
  • What type of activities are there?

 

2.  Where is the location?

  • Is it in the country or city – will the surroundings be similar to current location?
  • How close or convenient is it for family and friends to visit?
  • Is easy or free parking available?
  • Is there a garden or outside space where residents can get some fresh air?

 

3. What are your first impressions?

  • Did you receive a warm welcome?
  • Is the atmosphere homely and friendly?
  • Is the home clean and attractively furnished?
  • Does the home smell pleasant?
  • Generally, do the residents seem content and cared for?

 

4. What are the communal areas like?

  • Is there more than one room where residents can sit or see visitors?
  • Is there a quiet lounge without a television?
  • Can wheelchairs and walking frames access all areas?
  • Are there toilets within easy reach of communal spaces?
  • Are there sufficient handrails in place?

 

5. What are the bedrooms like?

  • Did you see an empty room or was the room in use?
  • Can residents bring furniture and personal possessions?
  • What was the standard of décor?
  • Do all rooms have ensuite facilities?
  • Do all rooms have televisions and telephone points?
  • Can residents lock their own door?
  • Do rooms have a call system to alert staff?
  • What is the policy on pets?

 

6. What about menus and meal arrangements?

  • Can residents eat when they want to?
  • Can you choose to eat in your own room rather than a dining room?
  • If eating in the dining room, can you choose who you sit with?
  • Is there a menu choice for each meal – how often are menus rotated?
  • Are residents consulted by the chef on their likes and dislikes?
  • Are there snacks available, if so, when?
  • Can special diets be catered for?
  • Are there facilities for residents to make a drink?

Our Homes

Ashley Court, Edinburgh

Blenham House, West Edinburgh

Fidra House, NORTH BERWICK

Holmesview, BROXBURN

Muirfield, GULLANE

Randolph Hill, DUNBLANE

For enquiries, call us on 0131 523 0440 or contact us by email