Choosing a Dorset care home for a relative or yourself can be a difficult and emotional decision

Care South is a leading provider of residential and home care across the South of England offering high quality, compassionate and innovative care that can be adapted to suit individual needs.

Everyone’s different and arranging care can be a challenge, so Care South likes to work with you and your family to make the experience as easy as possible. Care South offers a full range of care services for people of all ages: from young people who need some temporary help with everyday life, to older people looking for a new home with full-time care.

Firstly, you need to decide what level of care is required, and whether you would prefer to receive care at home, or if a residential home setting would be more appropriate for your needs. We recognise that people do not always know what those needs are in advance and we work with our customers to help determine the right care and support needed. We are also on hand to provide useful information and advice about the different types of care we offer at Care South and funding options.

If residential care is most appropriate for your needs, then the next step is considering the funding options available. If the resident is self funding and paying all the care home’s fees, direct contact with the home can be made. Once the home is chosen, they will make an assessment of your needs, so that an assurance can be given that they can meet the needs of the prospective resident. If the local authority is needed to help with all or part of the fees, they will carry out an assessment of your needs, and produce a report called a care plan that outlines the care, including any nursing care, they think you need.

Choosing a care home is a very important decision. With Care South you can be assured of high-quality, compassionate and individual care, and we would encourage you to visit our homes, meet the team who will be caring for your needs, and ask any questions you may have.

We are more than happy to show you around our homes and we would suggest you try and visit and compare a few homes. It’s important to find somewhere that’s right for your needs and where you feel at home.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve created home checklists for each of our homes to record details of your visit and the facilities on offer. This can be really useful when helping to make your decision and may help you prepare any questions in advance.