Choosing a care home
At Elder, we understand that the circumstances might not be right for everyone to get live-in care in Inverness. 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 Inverness
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Inverness, the following eight options may be worth considering.
Castle Gardens Care Home
Castle Avenue, Invergordon, IV18 0LW
Castle Gardens Care Home accommodates up to 40 service users aged 65 and over in 36 single and 2 shared rooms. 38 of the rooms have en-suite facilities. The home offers nursing care, palliative care, respite care and convalescent care, and specialist care categories include past or present alcohol dependence, schizophrenia and head/brain injury.
Suitable for old age and dementia.
Kingsmills Care Home
10 Kingsmills Park, Inverness, IV2 3RE
Purpose-built care home with nursing offering nursing, residential, palliative and dementia care to up to 60 service users aged 65 plus. All rooms are single occupancy and have private facilities.
Suitable for old age, dementia, physical disability and sensory impairment.
Cradlehall Care Home
9 Cradlehall Court, Inverness, IV2 5WD
Services provided at Cradlehall Care Home include general nursing care, dementia nursing care, care for young people with disabilities and residential care. The home accommodates up to 50 service users in single rooms with en-suite facilities.
Suitable for younger adults, dementia, old age and physical disability.
St Olaf Care Home
Cawdor Road, Nairn, IV12 5EF
This care home with nursing provides care for up to 42 service users aged from 65 to 110 in single en-suite rooms. There are facilities for respite care, and there is also a specialist dementia unit.
Suitable for no medical intervention, dementia, old age, sensory impairment and physical disability.
Culduthel Care Home
West Heather Road, Inverness, IV2 4WS
Currently undergoing refurbishment, Culduthel Care Home is registered for a maximum of 62 service users in the age range 65 to 110. All the rooms are single and have an en-suite WC.
Suitable for physical disability, sensory impairment, old age and dementia.
Redwoods Nursing Home
Old Walled Garden, Teaninich Industrial Estate, Alness, IV17 0XB
This 42-bed care home with nursing offers day care, palliative care, respite care and convalescent care. There is a separate dementia care unit, and all accommodation is in single rooms with en-suite WC. Service users aged from 60 to 110 are admitted.
Suitable for dementia and old age.
Barchester Highview House Care Home
Scorguie Drive, Inverness, IV3 8SD
Barchester Highview House Care Home accommodates up to 83 service users in 71 single and 6 shared rooms. 69 rooms have an en-suite WC. Service users aged from 55 are admitted, and services include palliative care, respite care, day care and convalescent care.
Suitable for dementia, sensory impairment and old age.
Meallmore Lodge Care Home
Daviot East, Inverness, IV2 5XQ
Meallmore Lodge Care Home is a converted hotel offering nursing care in 88 single and 3 shared rooms. 88 rooms benefit from an en-suite WC. The home is registered for 94 service users aged between 60 and 110 and has specialist units for people living with mental health conditions and dementia.
Suitable for detention under Mental Health Act, dementia, eating disorders, mental health condition, old age, physical disability, sensory impairment, substance misuse and younger adults.
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
Will my loved one still have independence in a care home?
It is difficult for older people to fully retain their independence in a care home. It is simply not feasible for residents to all do their own thing as and when they want because they will outnumber staff. To ensure the safety of all residents, there does need to be a routine that suits everyone, which is not always going to be to everyone’s taste, all the time.
If your loved one is naturally worried about losing their independence because they like their routine and are concerned about having to relinquish some control, live-in care might be more suited to them. The live-in carer moves in with them and adapts to their routine but assists them when and where they need support, maybe with chores or picking up shopping.
To figure out what would be the best option for your loved one check out our Care Homes vs. Live-in Care guide.
How do care home fees work?
Fees charged by residential care homes vary considerably, depending on such factors as the location of the home and the services offered. For example, dementia care often costs more than standard care.
In England, you can expect to pay an average of £3,000 to £4,000 a month. These fees will cover all the essentials, but additional charges may apply for certain medical treatments and optional extras. Depending on your loved one’s financial circumstances, they may be eligible for government help. It is important to research this early on in the process. The local authority will carry out a care needs assessment to determine eligibility as well as a means test to establish your loved one’s contribution to the fees.
Remember that in-home care can be up to 30% cheaper. It also has the added benefits of offering your loved one personal support and companionship 24/7 while allowing them to remain in their own home. Check out our Cost of Care guide for more information.
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 they 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.
Do care home staff get to know about residents’ lives and experiences?
Ideally, yes. Good residential care homes should, of course, employ fully trained staff who provide bespoke care for each resident and take an active interest in their lives and experiences. However, the reality is that in a care home setting the staff may have the best intentions but might not have the time to provide the personal attention that each resident deserves.
This is why many families consider one-to-one live-in care for their loved one. A live-in carer provides practical support 24/7 but also offers valuable companionship. Over time, the live-in carer even becomes part of the family, forming a close personal bond with their care recipient.
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