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Ask these 5 questions when searching for a Hampshire care home

Are you looking for a care home in Hampshire? Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, make sure to ask the below 5 questions to help you decide if it’s the right choice.

When can friends and family visit the care home?

Possibly one of the most important questions to ask your chosen Hampshire care home is when loved ones can visit residents. That’s because regular contact with friends and family is an essential part of our wellbeing so you need to check the care home has a visiting policy that suits your needs. At Old Alresford Cottage, we don’t have any restrictions on visiting times and encourage residents to continue living as they always have.  

What are your accommodation options?

Another important consideration when moving into a care home is their accommodation, especially if a couple want to make the move together. Old Alresford Cottage has a selection of both single and double rooms, many of which benefit from en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms are fully furnished with neutral decoration, but we encourage residents to bring any furniture and belongings with them when they move in if they so wish. 

Can you cater to my dietary requirements?

Food is one of life’s great pleasures so when researching Hampshire care homes, makes sure to ask for sample menus or, even better, ask if you can join them for mealtimes so you can sample the cuisine for yourself. Don’t forget to ask about their policy on special dietary requirements, even if it isn’t necessary right now as intolerances and tastes can change. The chef here at Old Alresford Cottage ensures all our residents get a varied and tasty meal three times a day to help keep everyone happy and healthy, and we cater to any special requirements. 

What activities do you provide?

One of the best things about moving into a care home is the companionship that comes from participating in a variety of activities which is why we recommend asking your chosen provider what entertainment and facilities they provide. Popular activities at Old Alresford Cottage include days trips, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, spa days, quizzes and animal visits. No two days are ever the same and we love nothing more than taking suggestions from our residents.

How do you ensure the comfort and safety of residents?

It can be easy to overlook this question, especially if you’re excited about the answers to the others. However, it’s essential to feel confident that the care home can provide the very best care to ensure the health and wellbeing of all its residents. Old Alresford Cottage has been rated as Good by the independent Care Quality Commission and all our experienced and kind carers are fully trained to provide the very best care and support, helping our residents to remain healthy in both body and mind. 

If you’re looking for a happy, safe and fun care home in Hampshire, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced and friendly team at Old Alresford Cottage today on 01962 734121. We provide both respite and residential, long-term care and our Hampshire care home’s staff are fully trained to help our residents live happy, safe and rewarding lives.