My ideal care home, in a perfect world !

In an ideal world this is what my chosen care home would be like 
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I recently wrote this for Care Industry News and is an idealistic wish in a perfect world

Home from Home

As an elderly person I am now as vulnerable as a young child, the difference being as a child I had no expectations.

Like me many elderly people fear going into residential care and I am no different.

However I can no longer cope alone at home. I have a family but they live away and are busy with their own families and careers.  I do not want to be a burden to them.

With this in mind I am looking at residential homes and have decided my ideal care home from Home will be one

  • Where I am cared about and not just for
  • Where I am acknowledged for what I once did and not for what I can’t do now
  • Where I could have a choice of meals and not just get what I am given
  • Where it doesn’t smell of stale urine. I may not be able to smell it but visitors can
  • Where I am an individual and not an inconvenience and treated with respect

My ideal care home will also

  • Provide a stimulating activities and excursions, elderly people still need to feel involved
  • Have bright articulate carers who have chosen to care for the elderly, not a last resort and
  • Allow myself and my belongings security and privacy.
  • I will always wear my own clothes
  • I will not live in an environment where I am scared of the other residents who may have dementia

All these requests are “wants” for the ideal world in a sector where funds are shrinking whilst demand is growing. I am just grateful I am elderly now and not in another 30 years.




Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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