Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Westminster 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 Westminster 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 Westminster
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Westminster, the following seven options may be worth considering.
10 Arneway Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 2BG
Owned and operated by the Anchor care group, Norton House provides care for up to 39 residents across its selection of single rooms, all of which have private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for elderly residents over the age of 65.
Westmead Residential Care Home
4 Tavistock Road, Westminster, London, W11 1BA
Westmead Residential Care Home is owned and managed by Sanctuary Care and provides care for up to 42 residents over the age of 65 across its single rooms, all of which have shared facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, physical disability and mental health conditions.
Athlone House Nursing Home
7a Woodfield Road, Westminster, London, W9 2BA
Also part of Sanctuary Care Ltd, Athlone House Nursing Home provides residential, nursing and palliative care for the over-65s, as well as offering dementia nursing care. There are 23 single rooms, all with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, sensory impairment and physical disability.
Garside House Nursing Home
131 – 151 Regency Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 4AH
Another residential home owned and operated by Sanctuary Care Ltd, Garside House Nursing Home can accommodate up to 40 residents over the age of 65 and also provides respite care for those who need it. There are 40 single rooms, all with private ensuite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, sensory impairment and physical disability.
5 Cirencester Street, London, W2 5SR
Forrester Court is owned and managed by Care UK and provides residential, respite, convalescent and palliative care to the elderly, although the home is also suitable for younger adults with complex needs. There are 113 single rooms, all having private ensuite facilities, and the home also its own separate dementia care unit.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, epilepsy, stroke, learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health condition, challenging behaviour and cancer care.
Carlton Dene Residential Care Home
45 Kilburn Park Road, Westminster, London, NW6 5XD
Carlton Dene Residential Care Home has 42 single rooms, all with private ensuite facilities. Part of the Sanctuary Care group, Carlton Dene offers long-term residential and respite care for people over the age of 65.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s and physical disability.
Albert Suites at Battersea Place
73 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4DS
Part of the Battersea Place Retirement Village, Albert Suites offers long- and short-term nursing, convalescent, rehabilitation and palliative care to the over-65s across 28 single rooms, all with private facilities.
Suitable for physical disability 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
Does live-in care support those with depression?
Loneliness is a very real problem facing the older generation today. Our changing lifestyles mean that former communities have become fragmented, leaving many older people facing days at a time when they don’t speak to another living soul.
A sense of loneliness and isolation, particularly when combined with declining health and a loss of independence, can quickly lead to depression, causing distress not just to your loved one, but also to other family members, who can feel unable to cope.
London live-in care can make a very real difference to the life of any older person with depression. Having a friendly face on hand day and night, offering help and support, but also companionship, is often all that is needed to restore a sense of purpose and wellbeing to the life of a lonely older person.
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.
How can I help my loved one to stay in their own home?
If you have an elderly relative who has reached the stage of needing 24-hour care, you may initially consider a care home. However, most elderly people want to remain in their own home for as long as they can, and live-in care from Elder can make this possible.
A live-in carer would move in with your loved one and provide all the support and care they need. In addition to providing assistance with any aspects of daily living or personal care tasks that the person finds difficult, a dedicated carer will also help with domestic tasks such as cleaning, cooking and shopping.
Another advantage is that the carer will offer emotional support and company and help your loved one to maintain links with friends, family and neighbours.
To find out more about how Elder can help, speak to one of our friendly care advisors.
Do care homes have trial periods?
Finding the right care home for a loved one is a big decision. Some residential care homes now offer trial periods during which you and your loved one will have a chance to assess the quality of care on offer.
Always check the care home contract carefully for an opt out clause and look out for unfair terms or confusing language. Avoid any care homes which don’t offer a trial period or a cancellation period, or who retain your deposit in the case of a cancellation.
If you feel that your loved one will not be able to cope with the transition into residential care and you would prefer to provide a live-in carer, Elder can provide a replacement carer in as little as 24 hours if the initial placement doesn’t work out.
Home care can offer a cost effective alternative to residential care, so call for more details.
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