News & Advice
Care Quest likes to keep ahead of all the latest health care news and provides current and upto date information and links to sites that might interest you
How to find care in your local area
Finding care in your local area can be a daunting, time-consuming process. With so many choices available, it can quickly become overwhelming. But don’t worry; we’re here to help.
This month we’ve created a list of top ways to help you search for care in your local area. We want you to be happy with your final care choice, especially if you’re searching on behalf of a loved one.
Do your research
When it comes to finding care in your local area, research is key. With so many home care providers and care homes available, it’s important you’re able to identify which locations are going to be most suitable.
There are different levels of care you can choose from, and each comes with their own features and benefits. From sheltered accommodation to residential care homes, part-time care or nursing homes, the locations are endless. However, there are steps you need to take before making your final decision. These include:
- Getting a care needs assessment
- Reviewing care home inspection reports
- Visiting the care home in question
We wanted to help those looking for local care, so we wrote an article on how to make the right choice. To find out more, take a look here.
Register with a care matching service
One of the easiest ways to find care in your local area is to register with a patient matching service. These solutions have been designed to take into account the requirements and specific medical needs of your loved one or relative.
For example, we are able to help those who need specific care find the closest care provider. The results are based on your own location and are within a set radius, which you have control over. You can use this search facility here.
At the same time as this, if you’re registered with the Care Quest system, you’re able to input your own requirements and medical condition(s).
Once these details have been submitted, the system will match you with a care provider and will ask them to get in touch with you.
To find out more about how the system works, please do get in touch with us here. We’re more than happy to talk you through the process.
Word of mouth
Another way to find care in your local area is to ask your friends, family and work colleagues. If they have any elderly relatives who have previously needed specific care, then they will be able to give their recommendations and advice.
When you’re asking about these care providers or care homes, remember to find out:
- How close your loved one will be and how often you’re able to visit them
- What specific medical conditions the care home or home care provider cater for
- What facilities are available (if you’re considering a care home)
- How often a home visit can be arranged (if you’re considering home care)
- The overall costs included in the care package
Check the National Regulators
As with nearly all industries, the care sector is governed by professional bodies who regulate and monitor the standards of care throughout the country.
Their websites are filled with useful information, advice, and even include the latest care inspections for care homes and social care services all over the UK. However, these bodies do differ depending on which part of the United Kingdom you live in.
- England – Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Wales – Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
- Scotland – Care Inspectorate
- Northern Ireland – The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)
So there we have it, our top ways to find care in your area. Do you have any advice for families looking for local care? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so why not join the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook.
Alternatively, you can sign up for the Care Quest service. Whether you’re supporting yourself or looking for a loved one, we can help. Our service covers all aspects of support; including post-op convalesces to dementia care. You can find out more here.
@ Care Quest