Choosing a new nursing home

We know choosing a nursing home for a loved one or yourself can be a daunting experience. The search requires careful consideration, which is why we recommend visiting as many as you can.

Your local Social Services department will have a list of registered homes in your area but we also advise speaking to your friends and family for their recommendations.

Visit as many nursing homes as you can and speak with staff, residents and their families so you can make comparisons. Find out if they can cater for the specific care needs of the person in question. To find out the difference between a ‘residential home’ and a ‘nursing home’, click here.

If you plan to visit a Morris Care Nursing Home, a pre-arranged appointment will ensure we have plenty of time to show you around and answer your questions. Unannounced visits are also welcome though, our doors are always open so please feel free to stop by.

Before you visit a nursing home, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What was your initial greeting on arrival?
  • Were the bedrooms well equipped, comfortable and warm?
  • Are there enough living and dining areas?
  • What kind of social activities does the home offer?
  • Is there a varied menu and good use of fresh food? Is there access to a garden?
  • What is the general atmosphere like? – Is it calm; are there any offensive odours, do residents appear happy?
  • What is the staff to resident ratio?

To help make your life easier, we have put together a useful checklist for you to use whilst choosing a nursing home. Download and print it out here.

If you are considering moving a relative into one of our care homes why not join us for a trial day, free of charge and meet staff and residents. For more information please contact the Home Manager at the nursing home of your choice or click here to view a brochure from each of our care homes.

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