Choosing a care home
For some, live-in care in Surrey simply isn’t an option. You or loved one may simply not have suitable accommodation for your dedicated home carer to stay.
We understand. That’s why we want to make things that little bit easier by giving you a list of some of our top picks for care homes in Surrey.
Although we’re specialists in full-time home care and dementia care at home, we’re still here for you at the other end of the line. If you’d like to talk about arranging elderly residential care for your loved one, we’re able to offer free, impartial advice.
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The top care homes in Surrey
So, here’s our selection of the best residential care homes in Surrey.
Bridge Road, Chertsey, KT16 8JW
Located in a serene, semi-rural location, Abbey Chase provides residents with both residential and nursing care options. With large landscaped gardens and nearby walks along the river, it’s a pleasant place to spend your later years. With the option of an en-suite bathroom, Abbey Chase care home has around 62 bedrooms. Prices up to £1300 per week.
Suitable for: elderly care, dementia care, alzheimer’s care, those 65+
Coldharbour Lane, Dorking, RH4 3BL
For those looking for a care home in Dorking, Nower House offers a great value option. Suitable for a variety of circumstances and conditions, it has been consistently rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission since it started being monitored in 2010. A great benefit is the home is not owned by a chain care home provider, meaning it retains a local touch.
Suitable for: elderly care, respite care, dementia care, care for physical disabilities.
6 Windsor Walk, Weybridge, KT13 9AP
The Pines care home is a small, bespoke care home situated in the heart of Webridge. Offering support for a broad range of needs, the home has a good reputation locally. However, unfortunately, this can also mean that demand at The Pines is high, and with only 11 available beds it can be difficult to secure a place.
Suitable for: elderly care, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia care.
College of St Barnabas
Blackberry Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6NJ
College of St Barnabas is a medium sized care home located near Dormans railway station, near the small village of Lingfield. While the focus of the care is quite specific, the standard is high. The residential care facility cares for Anglican Clergy and their bereaved. In total, the building has 28 beds but ‘The Cloisters’, located on the same estate also offers sheltered housing.
Suitable for: elderly care, dementia care, nursing care
43-49 Farnham Road, Guildford, GU2 4JN
Kathryn’s House is a 29-bedroom care home located in the heart of the historic Surrey Town of Guildford. The central location is ideal for familes who value their loved one staying in close to their community. Support is on offer to a large range of people, and residents are looked after by dedicated team of staff.
Suitable for: elderly care, dementia care, visual impairment.
The Old Hall
Send Marsh Road, Send, Woking, GU23 7DJ
The Old Hall is a private care home located near Woking, specialising in support for those with less acute care needs. Not suitable for those living with dementia, the old people’s home provides a residents with the support they need in a communal environment. Sleeping up to 39 residents, en-suite bathrooms are available.
Suitable for: elderly care
Pinehurst Rest Home
Zig-Zag Road, Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6BY
Pinehurst Rest Home is a medium-sized residential facility situated in the Dorking area, between the villages of WEsthumble and Mickleham. Although primarily focused on less acute elderly care, specialist support is also available for those who are living with dementia. The home has 19 individual bedrooms across two floors, and a stairlift for less mobile residents.
Suitable for: elderly care, dementia care
Coombe Dingle Nursing Home
14 Queens Park Road, Caterham, CR3 5RB
Coombe Dingle Nursing Home is a medium-sized building that provides support primarily for those with more acute needs. Located in Caterham, the nursing home supports those living with nearly all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s care. With good transport connections into London from nearby Caterham station, visiting is easy.
Suitable for: elderly care, dementia care
Can’t find the ideal care home in Surrey?
If you’re struggling to find the right care home for your family, it’s worth considering whether elderly care at home is a suitable option.
With prices coming in well under the average price of a care home in Surrey, and the government means test excluding the value of your property, it could be significantly more affordable than you might expect.
Frequently asked questions
Can my loved one still get attendance allowance if they live in a care home?
Attendance Allowance is a government-funded benefit payable to elderly people with a disability so severe that they need assistance with daily chores. Home care assistance doesn’t necessarily need to be in place in order to claim it.
Your loved one will continue to receive Attendance Allowance for the first four weeks of residential care, if they qualify for the benefit. After the initial four-week period, they may still qualify for the benefit, provided that they are self-funding their place in the care home.
Where your loved one’s local Trust is paying for, or contributing towards, their care home fees, then Attendance Allowance is not normally payable.
Attendance Allowance may be payable to your loved one after their 12th week of care, where their Trust has contributed to the first 12 weeks, whilst your loved one is waiting for their property to be sold.
Check out our guide for more on the cost of care.
Live-in care: what you need to know
If you have decided to hire specialist live-in carers for the elderly for your loved one, there are some preparations to make for when the carer moves in.
In addition to what is required by your relative, you will also need to ensure that there is a separate bedroom for the live-in carer. Ideally, as well as a bed and a place to store clothes there will also be a comfortable chair and TV. The carer will need their own private space where they can relax, although they will be happy to share kitchen and bathroom facilities with your elderly loved one.
Internet access is useful so that the carer to keep in touch with Elder and with other professionals involved in the care of your loved one. If your relative is a car owner, it is a good idea to insure the vehicle for the carer who can then use it to chauffeur your loved one.
What can you take into a care home?
The rules governing what residents can and cannot take with them when they move into a dedicated care home vary wildly according to each individual establishment, so check and double check before committing to moving your loved one’s belongings.
Most homes encourage residents to decorate their rooms with personal possessions, including items of furniture. Do check on the home’s policy and be sure to take details of the room’s dimensions to avoid costly errors. Space is obviously limited, but even the smallest of care homes should encourage your loved one to bring treasured possessions, photographs and keepsakes with them.
Some homes allow complete room decorations, including changing the paint colours and repapering the walls.
Some care homes will even allow pets, but once again, check before making a firm commitment to avoid disappointment and upset.
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 home 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.
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