how to choose a care home

How to Choose the Right Care Home

how to choose a care homeYour care home should be a comfortable and happy place to live, it should feel like home.

You should be thinking about what you want and need from your care home.

What Should I Look For In A Care Home?

Before finally settling on a care home make sure you have visited a few times to ensure you are happy with the feel and comfort of the home.

Make sure you have researched the home before visiting, the below steps should be considered before visiting any care home:

  1. Make sure the home provides the level of care you or your loved one require or might need in the future.
  2. Find out if the home currently has any vacancies and if not how long is the waiting list.
  3. Visit the home’s website before you visit and arrange to speak to a member of staff or the home manager.
  4. Make sure you have read the recent inspection report, the home will have a copy or visit the CQC website to have a look.

When you have decided to visit a care home, make sure you have your questions ready to ask, here is a list of questions that can help you choose the right home for your needs.

1. What is included in the fees?

A good care home should provide transparent and clear pricing. When they need to be paid, is a deposit needed and what is included in the fees.

2. What cost extra?

Even though every care home provider is different, some will include extras in the overall price, some will charge for additional items or services.

3. What does my loved one get in their rooms?

When you arrive for your visit, you will be shown a room, do not take this at face value.

Ask the questions:

*Do you provide bedding and how often does it get changed?

*Is there a TV in the room or a radio?

*Is there a telephone in the room?

*How much storage space is there, and can residents bring their own furniture?

*Is there a place for visitors to sit and spend time with their loved ones?

*Is there internet access?

4. How are meals prepared?

Your loved ones diet is important for their wellbeing, so knowing how the home prepares its meals will give you piece of mind they are being looked after.

5. What activities does the home offer?

Care homes must provide activities for the residents to do. Does the home have an activities coordinator and can you meet them? Are there any going on at the moment and can you observe?

And if you are visiting and an activity is going on, can you join in?

6. What is the staff to resident ratio?

This is such an important question and one that is often overlooked.

If the staff are running from room to room, there is a chance your loved one is not getting the attention they might need.

Ask to look at the current staff retention rate and copy of the latest CQC inspection report.

These are just a few questions to ask on your initial visit, you can find a lot more across the internet.

Now here are a few questions to ask yourself as you are walking around.

  1. What are your first impressions?
  2. Do the staff look happy?
  3. Do the residents look happy?

At the end it is not the bricks and mortar that matter but the atmosphere and people inside the home.

If you have any questions, please call us on one of the numbers below and we will be happy to answer them and arrange a visit to one of our homes.

Bank Close House: 01246 208833

Goole Hall: 01405 760099

Rotherwood: 01709 820025

Morton Manor: 01427 612796

Charnley House: 0161 3684664

or email

The Great British Care Awards

Morton Manor Makes A Splash At The Great British Care Awards!

The Great British Care Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce that two members of our team here at Morton Manor have been shortlisted as finalists in The Great British Care Awards!

Our Manager, Jackie McCormick is a finalist for The Care Home Registered Manager Award and Teresa’s Ladley is a finalist for The Care Home Cook/Chef Award.

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK and are a celebration  of excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

There are twenty one awards categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the social care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. From frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.

The awards are  all inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; promoting joint working.  Working in partnership with care partners and local care associations is at the heart of the initiative; working and linking directly with local managers and networks to further promote the event.

Congratulations to both members of our team!

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Morton Manor April Update

Our team of carers and staff have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks, so we thought we’d give them a special thank you this week and treated them to a lovely breakfast.

Staff breakfast care home Gainsborough

One of our residents celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary last week, but with the current situation, was unable to celebrate with his dear wife. Instead, he made this sign and sent the picture to his wife. What a lovely message! Congratulations on your 65 years together!

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Devonshire Care Acquires Morton Manor Care Home Gainsborough

Morton Manor care homes GainsboroughDevonshire Care is pleased to announce the acquisition of Morton Manor care home in Gainsborough (formerly The Manor, Dog & Duck Lane).

With our ethos of having the most beautiful “homes from home”, set in stately surroundings and providing a safe and stunning environment for our residents, we decided to acquire and fully refurbish Morton Manor.

Morton Manor now caters for up to 30 residents, providing high quality nursing and residential care in beautiful surroundings.  The home is situated in the village of Morton, just 1.2 miles away from Gainsborough and a mile from Thonock Park.

The refurbishment sees all rooms being furnished to a very high standard, with new equipment and decor, as well as lockable storage facilities.

Facilities & services include:

  • Day care
  • Palliative care
  • Respite care
  • 24 hour care
  • Convalescent care
  • Dementia care
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair access
  • Own GP access
  • Visiting Dental – Yearly checks
  • Visiting Opticians
  • Visiting Chiropody
  • Weekly Hairdresser
  • Personal laundry service
  • Own Furniture if required
  • A varied daily menu catering for individual dietary requirements
  • 24 hour refreshment facilities
  • Close to Local shops

And our activities coordinator organises regular events in house, such as crafts, games and entertainment, as well as:

  • Trips out
  • Quiz nights
  • Entertainers
  • Social evenings
  • Shopping trips

If you’re looking for a care home in Gainsborough, contact us on 01427 612796 and arrange to have a visit of our newly refurbished care home.  There is also more information about the facilities and services on this page.