Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Wandsworth isn’t for everyone. Your loved one may not live in a house that has an extra room to accomodate a home carer, or perhaps the idea of it just isn’t for them.
Even so, Elder would still like to help you make the ideal later life care choice for your loved one. They deserves the kind of care that is not only suitable, but something they would choose themselves.
That’s why we’ve summed up our top eight care home picks in Wandsworth to ensure that you make the right choice for your family without spending hours trying to whittle your options down.
The top care homes in Wandsworth
So, here’s our selection of the best residential care homes in Surrey.
Lyle House Care Home
207 Arabella Drive, London SW15 5LH
Situated within a stone’s throw of Richmond Park, Lyle House Care Home provides permanent and respite care to residents over the age of 65. With an on-site hairdressers and spacious grounds, Lyle House accommodates up to 45 residents in individual rooms, each with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia.
Signature at Wimbledon
6 Victoria Drive, Putney, Wimbledon, London SW19 6AB
A luxury private care home set within landscaped grounds, Signature at Wimbledon maintains an active calendar of events, classes and outings to residents over the age of 65. With 79 single rooms, all with private ensuites. There is also a spa, complete with hair salon, and provides a fine dining experience for residents.
Suitable for dementia, physical disability, mental health conditions and sensory impairment.
Heritage Care Centre
30 Gearing Close, Tooting, London SW17 6DJ
Heritage Care Centre is a purpose-built care home offering permanent and palliative care to residents over the age of 60. With 72 individual private rooms, all with private ensuite facilities, the home has its own dedicated dementia care unit.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MND, MS, physical disability, cancer care, head injury, epilepsy, sensory impairment, stroke and challenging behaviour.
Meadbank Care Home
12 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NN
A bright and spacious purpose-built care home, Meadbank is set within landscaped grounds. Providing permanent, convalescent, respite and palliative care to residents over the age of 65, Meadbank has 176 single rooms, 137 of which have their own private ensuites.
Suitable for dementia, physical disability and mental health conditions.
The Pines Nursing Home
104 West Hill, Putney, London SW15 2UQ
Situated within a period property in a quiet residential area of Putney, The Pines Nursing Home provides a range of care options for residents over the age of 65. With 50 individual rooms, all with private facilities, The Pines is set within spacious grounds that residents are at liberty to explore.
Suitable for dementia, physical disability, Crohn’s, colitis, MND, MS, Parkinson’s, neuropathic, epilepsy, head injury, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s, stroke, cancer care and sensory impairment.
165/167 Trinity Road, London SW17 7HL
A care home with nursing, Trinity Court is located on Trinity Road in Tooting, close to local amenities, and it offers 48 single rooms and 1 shared room, with 19 rooms having private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, epilepsy, stroke and sensory impairment.
Abbeyfield Richard Cusden
6/8 Aldrington Road, London SW16 1TH
Located within a period building set in pretty gardens, Abbeyfield Richard Cusden care home caters for residents over the age of 65, across 22 single rooms, 17 of which have completely private facilities.
Suitable for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Brendoncare Ronald Gibson House
236 Burntwood Lane, Tooting, London SW17 0AN
A purpose-built care home within the grounds of Springfield Hospital, Brendoncare Ronald Gibson House offers a variety of care options for residents over the age of 60. With 56 individual rooms, all with private ensuites, the home provides respite, palliative and convalescent care, as well as providing a care solution for residents with learning disabilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s and learning disability.
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
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.