Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Berkshire isn’t for everyone. Your loved one may not live in a house that has an extra room to accomodate a home carer, or perhaps the idea of it just doesn’t quite take their fancy.
Even so, Elder would still like to help you make the ideal later life care choice for your loved one, who deserves the kind of care that is not only suitable, but something they would choose themselves.
That’s why we’ve summed up our top ten care home picks in Berkshire to ensure that not only do you make the right choice for your family, but you don’t get flustered trying to piece it all together either.
The top care homes in Berkshire
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Berkshire, the following eight options may be worth considering.
School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH
A spacious and purpose-built care home, Shinfield View has its own library, hairdressing salon and spa, all set within landscaped grounds. Providing residential, respite and convalescent care to those over the age of 65, Shinfield View has 66 single rooms, all with private facilities.
Suitable for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
21 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead SL6 6JE
A modern and bright care home on the outskirts of Maidenhead, Clara Court offers residential and respite care to 76 residents, with all rooms boasting private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and visual impairment.
Langley Haven Care Home
30 Rambler Lane, Langley, Slough SL3 7RR
Recently redecorated, Langley Haven Care Home is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac, yet is within easy reach of the A4 and all local amenities. Providing residential, palliative and respite care to the elderly and younger adults, Langley Haven has 33 single rooms and one shared room, 21 of which have private ensuites.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke and hearing impairment.
Oxford House Nursing Home
204 Stoke Road, Slough SL2 5AY
Situated midway between Stoke Poges and Slough, Oxford House Nursing Home provides residential, respite, convalescent and palliative care to those over the age of 50. There are 26 single rooms and 4 shared rooms, with 4 rooms having their own private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, cancer care, Parkinson’s, head injury, physical disability, stroke and sensory impairment.
Down Lodge Residential Care Home
11 Sturges Road, Wokingham RG40 2HG
Down Lodge Residential Care Home is situated in a quiet residential street within easy reach of local amenities. The home provides residential, convalescent and respite care across 14 single rooms and one shared room, with 7 rooms having their own private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for people over the age of 65.
Murdoch House Care Home
1 Murdoch Road, Wokingham RG40 2DL
Providing residential, convalescent and respite care, Murdoch House Care Home is a renovated Tudor-style building on the outskirts of Wokingham. With landscaped grounds and a conservatory, Murdoch House has 27 single rooms, 15 of which have their own private ensuites.
Suitable for those over the age of 65.
Hungerford Care Home
Wantage Road, Hungerford Newtown, Hungerford RG17 0PN
Situated on the outskirts of Hungerford, with rural views over the surrounding countryside, Hungerford Care Home has large gardens and grounds, as well as onsite facilities that include hairdressing and chiropody. Catering for those over the age of 65, the home has 59 single rooms, 45 of which have their own ensuites.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer care and epilepsy.
Barchester West Oak Care Home
Murray Road, Wokingham RG41 2TA
A purpose-built care home set in landscaped grounds, Barchester West Oak Care Home provides residential, respite, convalescent and palliative care to people over the age of 50, across 57 single and 3 shared rooms, 56 of which have private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parksinson’s and MS.
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
Home care: how do I pay for it?
Organising home care for a loved one can be an incredibly stressful experience. We are here to make the process as straightforward and fast as possible, and to help you find all the answers you are looking for.
There are many ways to finance home care, and each case is different. Some clients will have savings that they can use to pay for live-in care, while others will be able to use their pension to fund their care. Another option popular among homeowners is equity release.
Please visit our Cost of Care page to learn more about the options available to your loved one.
How many people live in a care home?
Care homes vary in quality of service and also in the number of beds they provide.
In the UK, the average care home has approximately 20 beds. Twenty sounds like a nice manageable number but the reason for this figure is that many UK care homes are in converted Victorian buildings. This means that some of the rooms are small and upstairs and there is often no lift installed.
Around 10% have more than 50 beds, and these are usually the mega-care homes run by large companies. So while they may appear clean and modern, many residents may feel overwhelmed.
Many more care homes have 5 beds or less. However, these facilities tend to be run as private care arrangements. In the end, counting the number of beds residential care homes have is rarely a good way to determine their quality.
Elder live-in care: How are carers selected?
Carers who will be looking after your loved one in their own home are carefully vetted and checked, and are recruited not only for their qualifications and training, but also for their empathy and real-world caring experience.
Other important attributes include that the carer speaks excellent English and is good at communicating with people who may find hearing or speaking difficult. Unlike care homes, which have large staff teams working in shifts, live-in care is a very personalised service, with the cared-for person at the centre of the daily routine and activities.
As well as the vetting process, carers must provide two references and are also assessed to see whether they need any further training in order to meet the needs of the particular individual they will be caring for.
Would a care home support those with Alzheimer’s?
Many care homes position themselves as expert providers of Alzheimer’s care. Whilst they may make some provision, the reality is that many older people living with Alzheimer’s find the move to a new building full of unknown people with no real reference to the memories they still retain, to be very disorientating.
This can lead to a detrimental progression of the symptoms of the disease such as confusion, fear and ultimately aggression and depression.
By staying at home, within the rooms and neighbourhood where they have made so many memories, those living with Alzheimer’s can still trigger their existing memories for a sense of peace of mind.
Seeing familiar faces, neighbours, old friends and family more often creates a better continuum. Similarly, having the same carer every day, rather than a new face every few hours as care home staff shifts change, helps to create a sense of safety.
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