Choosing a care home
Live-in care in the West Midlands might not be suitable for everyone. Your loved one might not like the idea of sharing their home, or perhaps they live in a house that isn’t big enough to accommodate a home carer.
Whatever the reason, Elder want to help you make the best later life care choice for your loved one. Although the information is abundant out there, you might not have the time to filter through it all.
That’s why we’ve summed up our top eight care home picks in the West Midlands to ensure that not only do you make the right choice, but you don’t get overwhelmed trying to piece it all together either.
The top care homes in the West Midlands
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in the West Midlands area, the following options may be worth considering.
Hartlands Care Home
Whitehall Street, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 5AD
A privately owned and managed care home located within Shrewsbury, Hartlands Care Home offers residential care across 31 single rooms, each having private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Barchester Hagley Place Care Home
Foldgate Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1LS
Situated within landscaped grounds, Barchester Hagley Place Care Home is a purpose built residential care home owned and operated by Barchester Healthcare Ltd. There are 60 single rooms, all with their own ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s care.
Allesley Hall Drive, Coventry, CV5 9AD
Owned and operated by MHA, Allesley Hall provides residential and nursing care for the over-65s. There are 43 single rooms and one shared room, with 42 rooms offering private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for residents over the age of 65.
Digby Manor Residential Care Home
908 Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 0BN
Situated in the residential area of Erdington, within a garden setting, Digby Manor Residential Care Home is owned and operated by D & L Care Homes Ltd. There are 22 single rooms and 2 shared rooms, 7 of which have private facilities.
Suitable for people over the age of 60 with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.
Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield
134 Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5PP1
A private residential care home owned and operated by Gracewell Healthcare Limited, Gracewell has 65 single rooms, all with ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, sensory impairment and physical disability.
Brockhampton Court Care Home
Brockhampton, Hereford, HR1 4TQ
Set within ten acres of grounds, Brockhampton Court Care Home is privately owned, and offers residential care to people over the age of 18. There are 48 private rooms, all with their own ensuite facilities.
Suitable for old age, Parkinson’s, and stroke care.
Highwell House Nursing & Residential Care
32 Highwell Lane, Bromyard, HR7 4DG
Owned and managed by Herefordshire Care Homes, Highwell House overlooks the Froome Valley and offers 30 single rooms and 2 shared rooms, 18 of which have private ensuites.
Suitable for old age and dementia care.
The Priory Care Home
1 Shelly Crescent, Monkspath, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4XA
A BUPA care home, The Priory offers respite, convalescent, nursing and palliative care across 52 single rooms, all with private ensuites.
Suitable for old age, Parkinson’s Disease and physical disability.
Realising your elderly loved one requires extra, full-time care isn’t easy, and when there seem to be so many options throughout the West Midlands, 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 your loved one.
Get in touch with one of our expert care advisors today.
Frequently asked questions
Do care home residents eat together, or can they choose to eat in their rooms?
When it comes to dining, the wishes of care home residents are always taken into account and menus are planned to provide a pleasant mealtime experience. While residents can choose to eat in their rooms, they’re usually encouraged to dine with the other residents in order to benefit from social interaction.
However, some older people may find the atmosphere and approach of communal dining overwhelming, which is one reason why you might consider live-in care. Your loved one will be encouraged to eat tasty and healthy meals prepared by their carer in a relaxed atmosphere.
If you feel your loved one would benefit from the kind of person-centred approach, then live-in care might be their best option.
How do I choose a dementia care home for my elderly parent?
When considering a dementia care home for your parent, you should first arrange for a local authority assessment of their needs. This will ascertain the type of care that is needed, and you may find that remaining in their own home with dedicated live-in dementia care would be the best option for your elderly parent’s circumstances.
Where a care home is considered the best option, it’s important to spend plenty of time researching potential homes. Search for online reviews, talk to local healthcare personnel and visit potential residential homes in person to see how they are run.
Prepare a list of questions in advance. While visiting you should ask yourself: do the residents seem happy and well cared for? Is the home clean and tidy, with friendly and approachable staff? And will they accommodate a trial period? These questions are important so that you can establish that a care home is the best option for your loved one.
What if my loved one struggles to settle into a care home?
If your loved one is having problems settling into a care home, you could try to make the environment more homely for them by bringing in photos and important items from their home. If possible, help them to keep in touch by using a laptop or mobile phone, so they do not feel as though they are out of touch with family. Care staff will help your family member to settle in, so give them plenty of information about their likes, dislikes, favourite foods and interests.
If it is not working out, why not consider live-in care in your loved one’s own home, if this is a possibility? As long as there is a spare room, a live-in carer could move in with them and provide all the care they need in the place they love best, or even in your home if that’s more convenient.
Contact us today to discuss live-in care options for 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 according to each individual establishment. So be sure to 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 may be 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.
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