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Find Elderly Care Homes Near You With Lottie

1/13/2022

When you start your search for a care home, it’s normal to have lots of questions like “how do I find good care homes near me?”.

On the one hand, the UK is home to so many care homes that you’ll be completely spoilt for choice when you start looking. On the other hand, the choice can of course be overwhelming, which is where Lottie comes in!

Lottie was set up to provide an easy to understand and comprehensive platform to help care seekers find their perfect care home in no time at all. Read on to learn more about finding the best care homes near you with Lottie…

Frequent questions when looking for care homes

Finding a care home naturally brings up plenty of questions - the following are some of the most common ones we hear at Lottie:

  • How do I choose a care home?
  • How do I find elderly care homes near me?
  • Does my loved one need residential care or nursing care?
  • How do I find a care home within my budget?
  • Do care homes have waiting lists?
  • What are the alternatives to a care home?

For many people, this may be the first time they are looking for a care home; whether it’s for themselves or a loved one - and the process can be confusing, frustrating and stressful. That’s why Lottie is so keen to provide all the answers to these questions and more, taking the pressure off you and reassuring you about the future.

Care home vs home care

First things first, you may have noticed that you or a family member can no longer cope with living completely independently.

It could be that they aren’t as mobile as they once were, that they are having trouble with everyday tasks such as shopping or cleaning, or their health has started to deteriorate. When you get to this stage, you have a choice to make - does your loved one need to go into a care home, or can their condition be managed by home care?

For those who don’t want to leave their home, home care can be a useful way of managing life’s more difficult tasks.

A carer will visit them at their home every day, or a few times a week, to assist with things like cooking, cleaning and perhaps washing and dressing if needed. You can also opt for live-in care, where someone comes and lives with the person who needs care in their own home. Live-in care gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people became wary about using care homes.

If your loved one requires full-time support or round-the-clock care, a care home is probably the best choice price-wise, as live-in care can cost the same amount without any of the benefits offered by a care home, such as food, council tax and utilities being included in the fees.

How do I choose a care home?

Illustration of inside a care home

So, you’ve decided you need to find a care home - what now? Making the wrong care decision can not only be expensive, but it can also be hard to undo - as well as potentially life-threatening for you or your loved one. To help you break it down, there are four main things to consider when choosing a care home. Read on to find out what they are…

Type of care

The first thing to think about is the type of care needed. Lots of first-time care seekers do not know that there are different types of care; from residential and nursing care to dementia care, palliative care and respite care.

If, as aforementioned, you need help with washing, dressing and the more ‘everyday’ sorts of tasks, it sounds like you’d be suited to a residential care home. If you have a health condition and need 24/7 nursing care, a nursing home will probably be the choice for you. If you have a condition like dementia, there are lots of residential and nursing homes that specialise in dementia care.

Location

The next thing to consider is location. A lot of care seekers assume that it’s best to go into a care home in the area where they live. However, you need to think about who will be visiting most often - and where they live. For example, if you have children who live hundreds of miles away, it may be the best decision for you and your well-being to look at care homes near one of them - after all, you’ll be glad of the visits once you’re safely settled in.

Lottie makes searching by location easy - simply input all your details and preferred location and let Lottie do the rest.

Budget

Another important factor when it comes to finding the best care home for you is your budget. Care home prices can vary across the UK, especially if you need nursing care or specialist health care. You’ll find that prices increase towards larger cities such as London as well. When you start your care home journey, you’ll likely do a means assessment from your local council, which will look at your situation to work out what you’ll be able to afford.

In England, if you have assets above £23,250, including your house - and no one else is living with you - you will need to pay for your own care. If your assets are below this amount, you may be eligible for support from your local authority, or family and friends. Lottie also takes your budget into account when pulling together a list of the top care homes for you, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be out of budget.

Availability

The care sector is a busy one - and there are more people than ever living in care homes all over the UK. Due to some care homes being more popular and the number of rooms available at any one time, sometimes you’ll find that there are no spots open.

A lot of first-time care choices are made following a sudden illness, injury or the loss of a carer, meaning complex decisions are often made urgently and under great stress. So, if you know that you are going to need a care home in the near future, it’s well worth doing your research early and planning ahead, so that when the time comes you’re more likely to get your first choice.

Using Lottie to find your perfect care home

Lottie can find you a number of perfect care homes within seconds, all thanks to a combination of three things:

  • Tech - Lottie’s platform was built specifically for care seekers, to make the care home search as easy and streamlined as possible for you. By using Lottie’s advanced tech, you can build your dream care home package in moments.

  • Data - Lottie has been built using millions of data points on care homes to ensure that you get a list of matches that meet your needs, wants, budget and anything else. No need to worry about hours of confusing research - Lottie’s done the hard work for you, so you can sit back and relax.

  • Human expertise - To add the finishing touch, the friendly team at Lottie are experts in the world of care, data and property. Lottie’s team can help you manage your care home search process, from researching facilities to discussing your care requirements, helping with fees and overseeing the legal process. All you have to do is start searching!

Why use Lottie?

Among the many things that make Lottie great, here are the four reasons why you should use Lottie in your care home search:

1. Save money

By using Lottie, you’ll save your pennies for the things that matter. Lottie will only show you relevant care homes and will even search for the best rates for you, meaning that you could save as much as £5,000 off the care home’s listed price.

2. Save time and stress

Unfortunately, the care home search process can be stressful and time-consuming, which isn’t helpful if your loved one is reluctant to go into a home. Lottie will quickly and efficiently match you with your top care homes and guide you through the search process, taking the pressure off you. In fact, Lottie is 400% faster than the average care home search!

3. Find the best care homes in the UK

All care homes on Lottie have been carefully handpicked by the expert care team, based on the quality of care they offer, home culture and their ethical practices, so you can rest assured that your care home choices are all top-notch.

4. Personalised care

Lottie knows that every elderly person’s needs, wants and budget are unique, which is why the Lottie platform gives you the tools to design your dream care home experience. Whatever you want, wherever you want - Lottie can help you find it.

How to find care homes on Lottie

Finding your dream care home couldn’t be easier using Lottie.

First of all, head to the search page to begin.

Start by inputting your postcode - you’ll soon see a range of different care home options pop up, with a small summary of the type of care each home offers, its Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating and its price.

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You can also use the following filters to further hone your search:

  • Care required
  • Move-in date
  • Property type
  • Home size
  • Price
  • Facilities
  • Experiences

The filters are so detailed that you can explore many options; whether you want a home with a cinema room, or one that offers meditation and yoga.

You can then further filter your results by price (low to high, or high to low), distance and ‘highest rated’.

The handy map feature will show you different care home locations in your selected area.

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Once you’re happy with your care home recommendations, you can select the ‘more info’ option, which will take you to the care home’s overview page, containing everything you need to know; from the home’s distance from a train station to the type of care provided and the contact details.

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We hope this article has given you the inspiration you need to start your care home search. The main thing to remember is to stay calm and plan in advance, as this will save you a lot of time, stress and energy. Lottie are always on-hand to offer help and advice, so get in touch if you have any questions - we’re just a message or phone call away. Good luck!

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