Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Exeter might not be suited to everybody who lives there. Your loved one may not live in a house that is big enough to accomodate a home carer, or perhaps the idea of it just isn’t their cup of tea.
Even so, Elder would still like to help you make the best later life care choice for your loved one because despite the abundance of information out there, you might not have time to filter through it all.
That’s why we’ve summed up our top ten care home picks in Exeter 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 Exeter
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Exeter, the following eight options may be worth considering.
Dove Tree House
89-91 Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2ND
Operated by Stonehaven Care Group, Dove Tree House offers day care, respite care and residential care for residents aged between 40 and 105 in 31 single rooms and two shared, 15 of which have private en-suite facilities.
Suitable for physical disability, dementia and sensory impairment.
Endeavor Residential Home
Chudleigh Road, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8TS
Round the clock care can be provided by Endeavor Residential Home for 20 residents over the age of 65. There are 16 single residential rooms available and 2 shared rooms, 8 of which have en-suite facilities.
Suitable for physical disability, dementia and mental health conditions.
Barley Lane, Exeter EX4 1TA
A not-for-profit residential home for Mason members and their families, Cadogan Court is purpose-built with views overlooking the cathedral and city of Exeter. Tailored care services can be provided for up to 70 residents, each of whom have their own room with en-suite facilities.
Suitable for palliative care, respite care and dementia care.
22 Spicer Road, Exeter EX1 1SY
Providing nursing and personal care, The Lodge is a not-for-profit home that has recently been extended to house a total of 62 residents in 58 single rooms with en-suite facilities and 2 shared rooms for couples.
Suitable for physical disability and elderly care.
Barton Place Nursing and Residential Care Home
Wrefords Link, Cowley Bridge, Exeter EX4 5AN
Specialising in managing challenging behaviour and Alzheimer’s disease care for residents aged 45+, Barton Place is a nursing home that lives by the motto ‘Live well whatever you need’. It provides palliative, convalescent and respite care on a day-case basis, as well as residential care.
Suitable for dementia, learning disabilities and physical disabilities.
Barchester Lucerne House Care Centre
Chudleigh Road, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8TU
Barchester Lucerne is an ‘Outstanding’-rated home that provides 24-hour care to 75 residents in their own individual en-suite rooms. Accepts residents aged 18 and above with a range of physical and mental conditions.
Suitable for dementia, cancer care, mental health conditions, MS and motor neuron disease care.
Greenslades Nursing Home
Willeys Avenue, Exeter EX2 8BE
Located in a residential area, this not-for-profit nursing home offers care to 67 residents in single en-suite accommodation. Residential space consists of several lounges and dining rooms with hairdressing also available.
Suitable for palliative care, mental health conditions, physical disability, sensory impairment and old age.
The Manor Exminster
Main Road, Exminster, Exeter EX6 8AP
The Manor is a 17th Century Georgian manor house located in a small village location. Originally the home of the local Rector and his family, the property became a residential care home in the 1980s, before being extended to admit 25 residents in 23 single and one shared room.
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
How can I tell if a care home is safe?
Care homes haven’t had the best press recently, so understandably, many people feel nervous about the prospect of consigning their loved one to residential care.
Obviously, a poorly-run care home is never going to advertise that fact, so it’s important to have a plan of action when considering options for your loved one’s long-term care needs.
Always visit a prospective care home in person, so that you can see for yourself how it is run. Ideally, you should get recommendations from people that you know, or spend some time doing online research to find out as much as you can about each establishment.
Don’t make an appointment, but visit the home spontaneously, so the staff and managers won’t be able to prepare in advance. If possible, try to speak to some of the residents to discover whether the home might be suitable for your loved one.
What is home care?
Home care is the broad umbrella term for providing care for your parent or loved one in their own home or your home, rather than in a care home environment. It usually refers to 24-hour care or live-in care in the UK, delivered one-to-one by a trained carer.
Many care recipients find home care a preferable option to a care home for several reasons. Moving to a new and unfamiliar environment is never easy and for older people living with dementia, for example, the strain can be detrimental.
Also, at home, your older relative can enjoy an independent lifestyle – they can continue to eat their favourite meals and see their friends and neighbours easily.
Having a dedicated carer at home also means that if they need some help, would like a cup of tea or just want someone to chat to, that person is on hand, right away. Home care denotes a higher standard of care overall.
Would a care home support those with Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a complex condition that needs specialist care, particularly in the later stages. Some care homes are able to support people with Parkinson’s disease, but due to a high staff turnover in many homes, they are unable to offer the continuity of care the patient needs.
Live-in care can support a person with the condition to live in their own familiar environment, and having one-to-one care from a dedicated caregiver means that their individual needs and wishes are well understood.
Sometimes people with Parkinson’s disease need a great deal of extra time to accomplish a task, and this can be difficult in a care home where there are other residents waiting for attention.
The timing of medication is also very important, and a dedicated live-in carer will be able to ensure that it is taken at the optimum time for the best results.
Who can I speak to about arranging care?
If you feel that your loved one needs help and assistance from a carer, it can be useful to make a list of their requirements in the first instance – do they need help with the housework, for example, or are they likely to need assistance with bathing and dressing? This will help you to establish the level of care that they require.
You can contact our friendly and helpful customer care advisors seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm on 0333 920 9150.
They will talk you through the various options, with absolutely no obligation and, if you feel that you would like to proceed with an Elder live-in carer, we can arrange for live-in care in as little as 24 hours.
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