Choosing a care home
At Elder, we understand that the circumstances might not be right for everyone to get live-in care in Aberdeen. Maybe there isn’t enough room to accommodate another person or the home would require too many adaptations for their needs.
No matter the reason, we’d still like to help and we know we’re in a good position to do so. Good care is available out there and we want everyone to make informed decisions about their later life care.
Your loved one has every right to be supported and cared for in the way they choose, which is why we’ve found the best residential options in the area for you.
The top care homes in Aberdeen
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Aberdeen, the following eight options may be worth considering.
Rubislaw Park Care Home
Rubislaw Park Road, Aberdeen AB15 8DA
Surrounded by woodland, Rubislaw Park offers residential care to people over the age of 60. With 86 single rooms, all boasting private ensuite facilities, Rubislaw Park has its own cinema, café-bar and hair salon.
Suitable for residential and respite care for people over the age of 60.
Deeside Care Home
Cults Avenue, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9RZ
Set in a sensitively refurbished building, Deeside Care Home provides residents with a library, hair salon and spa. With 68 private rooms, all with ensuites, Deeside accepts residents over the age of 60.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, MND, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, sensory impairment, stroke, epilepsy, colitis, Crohn’s, challenging behaviour and cancer care.
Laurels Lodge Care Home
Station Road, Woodside, Aberdeen AB24 2UL
Offering permanent and respite care to residents over the age of 65, Laurels Lodge offers nursing care for those with more complex needs. With 45 single rooms, all with ensuites, residents are encouraged to personalise their space, even down to choosing the paint colours on the walls.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, sensory impairment, epilepsy, Down Syndrome, Huntington’s disease, MS, stroke and head injuries.
Angusfield House Care Home
226 Queens Road, Aberdeen AB15 8DN
Located in the West End area of the city, not far from Hazlehead Park, Angusfield House has 36 single rooms and 2 shared rooms, 24 of which have private ensuite facilities. Angusfield House provides residential, respite and palliative care to younger adults, as well as those over the age of 65.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, sensory impairment, physical disability.
Barchester Lethen Park Care Home
Berrymuir Road, Portlethen, Aberdeen AB12 4UF
Located in Portlethen, just a few miles from Aberdeen, Barchester Lethen Park offers dedicated nursing care to residents over the age of 55. Boasting 55 single rooms and one shared room, 48 of which have private ensuite facilities, Barchester Lethen Park provides round-the-clock nursing care in a peaceful setting.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, speech impairment, epilepsy, challenging behaviour, stroke and cancer care.
Hamewith Lodge Care Home
1 Marchburn Drive, Northfield, Aberdeen AB16 7LN
Situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen, Hamewith Lodge offers nursing care to elderly residents and people over the age of 18 with complex care needs. Hamewith Lodge has 60 single rooms, all with their own ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, MND, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, sensory impairment, epilepsy, alcohol dependence, cancer care, colitis, Crohn’s and stroke.
Barchester Fairview House Care Home
Fairview Street, Danestone, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB22 8ZP
Within easy reach of local amenities, Barchester Fairview House is located on the outskirts of Aberdeen, offering dedicated nursing care to residents over the age of 55 across 102 single rooms, 76 of which have private ensuites.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, and physical disability.
Grandholm Care Home
Grandholm Drive, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB22 8AE
Located within easy reach of both Aberdeen City Centre and the nearby beach, Grandholm offers nursing care to residents over the age of 60. With 79 single rooms, all with ensuites, Grandholm is set in landscaped grounds.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, MS, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, epilepsy, stroke and cancer care.
Realising your elderly loved one requires extra, full time care isn’t easy and when there seems to be so many options, it might be overwhelming to know where to start.
At Elder, we are always on hand to offer the best impartial advice, every day between 8 am and 8 pm to help you decide on the best care solution for the your loved one.
Get in touch with one of our expert care advisors today.
Frequently asked questions
What should I look for in a care home?
Finding a suitable care home for your loved one can be very daunting. It is a good idea to list the possibilities and then select a few that actually have vacancies or only short waiting lists before viewing them.
It can be upsetting for older people to leave the home they love, so look for residential homes close to friends and community facilities that your relative knows. If they have pets, find out whether they would be able to have them in the care home.
Your loved one may be able to take some of their furniture and things that are important to them into the home, but you need to check this too. To avoid difficult decisions about what to give up, you could consider live-in care instead.
Visit possible homes without calling ahead so that you can get a feel for the general atmosphere, cleanliness and staffing.
How long does it take to arrange live-in care for my loved one?
More people are turning to live-in care as an alternative to putting their loved ones in a residential care home. For many older people live-in care lets them maintain a better quality of life by allowing them to remain in their own home.
Live-in care can be arranged in as little as 24 hours with a carer who is specifically selected to suit the personality of your loved one.
Arranging for live-in care eliminates the stress and disruption associated with moving into residential care, ensuring your loved one can remain in familiar surroundings and keep their own friends and daily routines. Call us now for more details of how live-in care can preserve your loved one’s independence.
What if my loved one struggles to settle into a care home?
If your loved one is having problems settling into a care home, you could try to make the environment more homely for them by bringing in photos and important items from their home.
If possible, help them to keep in touch by using a laptop or mobile phone, so they do not feel as though they have been abandoned by their family. Care staff will help your family member to settle in, so give them plenty of information about their likes, dislikes, favourite foods and interests.
If it is not working out, why not consider live-in care in your loved one’s own home if they still have it? As long as there is a spare room, a live-in carer could move in with them and provide all the care they need in the place they love best or even in your home if that is more convenient.
Live-in care: What you need to know
If you have decided on live-in care for your loved one, there are some preparations to make for when the carer moves in.
In addition to what is required by your relative, you will also need to ensure that there is a separate bedroom for the live-in carer. Ideally, as well as a bed and a place to store clothes there will also be a comfortable chair and TV. The carer will need their own private space where they can relax, although they will be happy to share kitchen and bathroom facilities with your elderly loved one.
Internet access is useful so that the carer to keep in touch with Elder and with other professionals involved in the care of your loved one. If your relative is a car owner, it is a good idea to insure the vehicle for the carer who can then use it to chauffeur your loved one.
Read our guide A Day in the Life of a Live-in Carer to find out more.
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