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Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Shropshire 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 Shropshire 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 Shropshire
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Shropshire, the following eight options may be worth considering.
Hendra House Residential Home
15 Sandpits Road, Ludlow SY8 1HH
Situated within easy reach of local facilities, Hendra House offers residential, respite, convalescent and palliative care for seniors over the age of 60. There are 28 single rooms, all boasting private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, physical disability and sensory impairment.
Kynnersley, Telford TF6 6DY
Located in its own grounds, Deansfield specialises in dementia care for up to 15 residents over the age of 65. Includes a summerhouse and a range of animals to interact with, including dogs, ducks, alpacas, goats and chickens.
Suitable for dementia.
Barchester Hagley Place Care Home
Foldgate Lane, Ludlow SY8 1LS
A purpose-built care home set in landscaped grounds, Barchester Hagley Place Care Home caters for seniors and younger adults across 60 single rooms, all with private ensuites, and provides residential, palliative and convalescent care.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, MS, MND, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, stroke, physical disability, cancer care, epilepsy and sensory impairment.
Park House Nursing Home
Kinlet, Bewdley DY12 3BB
Situated within a former Victorian rectory, Park House Nursing Home is set in 3 acres of grounds. Suitable for residents over the age of 50, Park House offers 40 single rooms, all with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke and mental health conditions.
The Court Nursing & Residential Home
West Felton, Oswestry SY11 4LE
The Court Nursing & Residential Home is located in a setting with attractive views. There are 32 single rooms and 2 shared rooms, with 8 rooms having their own ensuite facilities.
Suitable for MS, Parkinson’s, sensory impairment, stroke, cancer care and epilepsy.
Chester Road, Whitchurch SY13 4QG
Offering long-term and short-term care packages for seniors over the age of 65, Cloverfields care has 30 single rooms and one double room, with 20 rooms fitted with private ensuites.
Suitable for dementia, physical disability and sensory impairment.
Swan Hill House Residential Home
6 Swan Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1NQ
Located in a Georgian townhouse, close to local amenities, Swan Hill House Residential Home offers 20 single rooms and 4 shared rooms to residents over the age of 65, with 24 rooms having private ensuites.
Suitable for Parkinson’s and stroke.
Landona House Ltd
Landona House, Love Lane, Wem, Shrewsbury SY4 5QP
Providing long-term, short-term and respite care for residents over the age of 60, Landona House is located in a Grade II listed building offering 37 single rooms and 4 shared rooms, with 30 rooms having private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s Asperger’s, Huntington’s, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, eating disorders, learning disability, physical disability, mental health conditions, alcohol dependence, head injury, challenging behaviour 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, 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 activities do care homes provide?
All reputable care homes should offer a varied program of activities to encourage residents to engage with each other and reap the full benefits of living in such a social environment. Keeping your loved one’s mind active and engaged helps to foster a positive self-image, so look out for residents who seem engaged with their surroundings when you visit prospective establishments.
Ask to see examples of regular timetables of events on offer, such as outings, exercise classes and other social and health-related activities. There may be onsite therapies on offer, as well as regular visits by local entertainers and special interest groups, for example.
Some care homes encourage residents to take care of gardening duties, or perhaps there are designated days for arts and crafts activities and even opportunities to interact with visiting animals. Go prepared with a list of questions, and talk to other residents about their experiences.
What is 24-hour live-in home care?
Quite simply, it is a cost-effective alternative to a residential care home. A fully-trained carer moves into a spare room in the care recipient’s home and becomes part of the family. The carer offers 24-hour care, companionship and assistance, allowing your loved one to remain in their comfortable and familiar home surroundings.
The carer can help with daily chores and provide companionship, as well as meet any physical and emotional needs. As the carer provides one-on-one support, it is crucial that we find the perfect match between carer and care recipient. That means someone who is trained to meet your loved one’s specific requirements, for example, by providing specialist low to mid-level dementia care. It also means someone with whom your loved one can form a close bond.
If you would like to find out more, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How to choose a care home?
While selecting the best home for your loved one will be a highly personal choice, there are some things you should bear in mind when comparing homes in your area. Online reviews can be a valuable resource when researching homes but exercise caution when using anonymous sources.
Private room – will your loved one be distressed sharing a room? If a private room is essential, you should make this a priority.
Bathrooms facilities – if a private bathroom is a must, you should make this known from the start when selecting and contacting care homes.
Activities – some homes offer extensive activity programmes, which can help your loved one to settle in and may help improve his or her quality of life. Ask about activities and find out what the residents do to pass their time in the home.
If you have any other enquiries or concerns, write these down before visiting the care home and ask them in person. Check out our guide on live-in care vs care homes to help you decide what is most important to your loved on.
Live-in care: when is it appropriate?
There are plenty of occasions when live-in care is a valuable service for a loved one. Every individual will have their own reasons for choosing this type of care, and these can include professional help, company, medical care or safety.
For example, some clients will choose this service if they feel they can no longer be at home safely on their own, perhaps if they have been sent home after hospital care, are struggling to be steady on their feet or feel lonely or insecure along in their home. Other care recipients will have chronic and progressive health conditions that require help and support.
Live-in care is flexible, targeted to individual needs and highly effective, allowing individuals to retain their independence for as long as possible whilst accessing professional, ready and affordable support.
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