Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Camden isn’t for everyone. Perhaps your loved one lives in a house that doesn’t have an extra room to accomodate a home carer, or they just might not like the idea of it.
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.
With so many care homes in Camden to choose from, we understand it can sometimes be overwhelming and time consuming, that’s why we’ve summed up our top picks for you.
The top care homes in Camden
If you’re considering residential care for your relative or loved one in Camden, the following options may be worth considering.
214 Finchley Road, London NW3 6DH
A purpose-built care facility set within landscaped grounds, Spring Grove provides residential, respite and convalescent care for the over 65s. There are 40 single and 3 shared rooms, all of which have their own private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for: Old age and dementia
31 Eton Avenue, London NW3 3EL
An Edwardian building set within landscaped grounds, Rathmore House is owned and operated by C&C. There are 20 single rooms, 18 of which have private ensuites.
Suitable for: Old age, dementia and Alzheimer’s
7 Harley Road, London NW3 3BX
Compton Lodge is another Edwardian building converted and managed by C&C. There is an in-house hairdressing salon and chiropody practice, together with 34 single rooms with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for: Old age and dementia
St John’s Wood Care Centre
48 Boundary Road, London NW8 0HJ
A modern purpose-built care facility owned and operated by The Bondgate Group, St John’s Wood Care Centre is set within its own grounds. Providing care for those over the age of 65, as well as younger adults with disabilities. St John’s Wood Care Centre provides residential and respite care, there is also a separate Dementia Care Unit. There are 100 single rooms with private ensuites.
Suitable for: Old age, dementia and younger adults
Lime Tree Gardens
16 Burghley Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 1UE
Managed by One Support, partnered by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Lime Tree Gardens has recently undergone a refurbishment and remodelling programme. The facility provides care for adults over the age of 18 with complex physical and mental needs. There are 24 single rooms, none of which have private facilities.
Suitable for: Challenging behaviour, bipolar, schizophrenia, physical disability and sensory impairment
Camden Park House
57/59 Camden Park Road, London NW1 9BH
Owned and operated by One Housing Group, Camden Park House offers personal care and accommodation for elderly people and younger adults who require support with mental health issues. The home has 13 single rooms, one of which has private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for: Old age, younger adults, physical disability and mental health conditions
Maitland Park Care Home
Maitland Park Road, Maitland Villas, London NW3 2DU
Maitland Park Care Home is operated by Shaw Healthcare and provides residential and respite care to people over the age of 65. There are 60 single rooms with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for: Old age and dementia
Ash Court Care Centre
Ash Mews, Ascham Street, London NW5 2PW
Providing residential, palliative and respite care to adults over the age of 45, Ash Court Care Centre is owned and run by Forest Healthcare. There are 62 single rooms with ensuite facilities.
Suitable for: Old age, younger adults, physical disability and sensory impairment
Realising your elderly loved one requires extra, full time care isn’t easy and when there seems to be so many options in Camden, 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
How do I choose a dementia care home for my elderly parent?
When considering a dementia care home for your parent, you should first arrange for a local authority assessment of their needs. This will ascertain the type of care that is needed, and you may find that remaining in their own home with dedicated live-in care would be the best option for your elderly parent’s circumstances.
Where a care home is considered the best option, it’s important to spend plenty of time researching potential homes. Search for online reviews, talk to local healthcare personnel and visit potential residential homes in person to see how they are run.
Prepare a list of questions in advance. While visiting you should ask yourself: do the residents seem happy and well cared for? Is the home clean and tidy, with friendly and approachable staff? And will they accommodate a trial period, so that you can establish that it’s the best option?
How do I self-fund live-in care?
There are several options for self-funding live-in care in the home, so it’s important to consider them all carefully before coming to a decision.
Freeing money tied up in pensions, investments and savings can be a good option, but it’s also possible to free up money invested in your loved one’s home, either through selling it and downsizing or by freeing up some of all of the money invested in it through an equity release scheme.
You might like to consider a lifetime mortgage, or home reversion, which allows your loved one to carry on living in their own home for as long as they need to.
It’s important to seek out professional advice before going ahead, but you can find out more by reading our online guide on The True Cost of Care), and our Customer Care Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions.
Care Homes: Will my parent be free to make their own choices?
Life in a care home is tailored to meet the needs of all its residents, so although your loved one will be able to make certain choices, their day-to-day routine may not always be able to accommodate all their wishes.
The safety of all residents must be the priority for care homes, although the majority of residential homes will do their best to accommodate individual requests wherever possible.
With live-in elderly care, however, your parent is very much in control of their own choices, with a dedicated caregiver on hand at all times to aid them whenever, and wherever, help is needed.
So, if your loved one decides that they would like to go out to the shops on the spur of the moment, for example, then their caregiver can action that request immediately, without having to take into account any other care recipients’ needs.
Live-in Care: What will the carer need?
If you are proceeding with live-in care, it’s important that your carer has access to a few basic amenities.
They will require a bedroom of their own, a television, and internet access in order for them to stay in contact with friends and family, while their are staying in your loved one’s home.
Live-in care allows carers to offer 24-hour care and support to people in vulnerable positions, while allowing them to remain in their own homes. Your loved one’s carer will also need privacy (for break times) and you will also need to ensure there is space for your carer to have meals with your loved one.
A Guide for Caregivers – Everything You Need to Know If your loved one needs