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Moving into a nursing home can be quite a difficult and worrying time for both the individual making the move and their family and friends who may be organising the move or simply watching it happen. For this reason it is essential if you are the one organising it, that you do research and understand which nursing home is right for you or your relative, to ensure that they feel comfortable and at home in their new environment.

Look around the area in which the nursing home is based to see if it is an area you or the person moving in would like to live in, and check that it is close to family and friends, as they will want to visit regularly and easily.

Make sure the it meets all the needs of the person moving in, such as a lift, assisted bath and wheelchair access. Also ask if the home has the facilities that the person needs, such as bedrooms with en suite, bathrooms and induction loops if you are hard of hearing. If you or the person moving in smokes, check what the smoking policy is, as some nursing homes only allow smoking in designated areas.

It can be a difficult and will probably be quite a time consuming process, but it is a very important decision that should only be taken if the timing and situation is right. Thanks to the internet, the process of selecting care homes in appropriate locations has got a lot easier over recent years with sites such as www.carehome.co.uk and www.bettercaring.com providing a simple to use search facility for care homes in the UK.

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