What to look for
You have the right to visit a care home at least once before moving in, to help you decide if you want to move in permanently.
You should think about the following things during your trial visit:
When deciding the location of your care home, bear in mind the following points:
- Is the care home near enough to your family and friends?
- Does it have easy access or local transport to shops and leisure activities?
- Will you have access to a local GP, medical centre or other healthcare services like the dentist? Will your GP visit the care home?
All care homes must give you a room of your own. Double-rooms are available in some private care homes for single-occupancy by paying an extra charge. Double-rooms – where available – can be provided for couples.
Other facilities to consider:
- What is provided in the room? Can you bring some of your own furniture and possessions?
- Does the care home have visiting services like hairdressers, chiropodists or library services?
- Does the care home have flexible meal times? What are the meals like? Are special dietary needs catered for?
Are the rooms and communal areas clean and well-cared for? Are the grounds or garden well-maintained? Is the furniture and equipment in good repair and suitable for your needs?
Staff should be friendly and helpful and welcome your questions.
- Are they happy for you to talk to the other residents?
- Do they offer you a copy of their latest Care Inspectorate inspection report?
- Do they provide evidence of staff training to meet the National Care Standards?
Read Age UK's Care Home Checklist (PDF, 227 KB)
The information was last updated on: 27th August 2020