When is it the right time to move someone into care?

Advice and support on moving a loved one into a care home.

At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with the decision of whether or not to move into a care home. For some, making that move may be as a result of illness or a fall, whereas others may start to need extra support more gradually. No matter the circumstance, moving to a care home can be an emotional time for both residents and their loved ones.

Making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful for everyone involved. Even if you only need temporary respite, for example after an illness or a fall, it’s always a good idea to know what’s available in your local area and what steps you’ll need to take to make it happen.

How to know if someone needs to move into a care home

It may be worth considering moving your loved one into a care home if:

  • Their care needs are increasing, including needing assistance throughout the night 
  • Family members are struggling to cope with the level of care that's needed 
  • They are unable to continue living well at their current accommodation 
  • There are concerns for their safety should they continue living in their current accommodation  
  • care needs assessment has recommended a care home as the best option 

Things to consider before moving into care

  • What is it that’s making you feel that you need to make changes to the way you live? Is it a lack of social contact, or are you physically not able to do some of the tasks that you want and need to do?
  • Do you want to stay in your own home and get some extra help? There are devices like handrails or stairlifts that might help, or services where people can visit you to help you with daily tasks, like your shopping or cleaning.
  • Do you want to downsize and not have to worry about the garden, the size of your home, your security or your bills?
  • Do you want to rent or buy another property?

Top tips for moving a loved one into a care home

  1. Give the new care home as much information as possible about your loved one so that they know things such as favourite foods, hobbies and interests.

  2. Make their new room feel like a home from home by decorating it to their tastes and bringing personal items such as furniture, ornaments and special photos.  

  3. Get to know the staff at the house well and develop a close partnership with them. 

  4. Encourage them to get involved in the daily life of the home, taking an active part in events and activities and getting to know the other residents.
  5. Make sure you are getting support from other friends and relatives - this is often not an easy time for families and it is important to take care of yourself too. 

Care homes near me

At Abbeyfield, oall abbeyfield care homes are cqc regulatedur CQC regulated homes ensure we offer the best standards of care to all residents. We are there for people who find it difficult to look after themselves and want to have the security of highly skilled staff on site 24 hours a day. 

Have a look at the care homes we have across the UK: 

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Other housing options to consider for older people

If your loved one is coping okay at home but just needs a little extra support here and there, it may be that they don't yet require a care home. There are many other options that you could consider. 

Firstly. you may wish to look into respite care, which is a temporary care option that gives some relief to the usual carer. Further more. there are supported, independent and assisted living options that all offer housing to older people who are still able to live fairly indepdently, but would just like a little bit of added support and companionship. 

Find out more about the other housing options that are available for older people:

Housing options for older people