Choosing care is one of life’s most stressful experiences but trusted information can help, finds CQC

“Choosing adult social care in England is one of the biggest sources of stress compared to other key life events, according to a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC Report 27 February 2018

The findings come as the quality regulator is raising public awareness about how its inspection findings can help support people in making these important decisions.

The survey findings, out Tuesday 27 February 2018, reveal that seven in ten (70%) adults who were responsible for choosing care in a care home or at home – either for themselves or a loved one – over the last three years have found it more stressful than choosing their child’s nursery or school, or a venue for their wedding or civil partnership.

52% of people surveyed had cited choosing a care home and 31% had cited choosing care at home in their top three most stressful life decisions.

People’s experiences varied across the country, with the highest proportion of people in the North East (60%), Yorkshire and Humber (56%) and the North West and East Midlands (both 54%) saying that choosing a care home was their most stressful life decision. Unsurprisingly perhaps, these regions are some of those where CQC has found the highest proportion of adult social care services rated as Requires Improvement and Inadequate.”

At Home Instead Senior Care (Cleveland) we totally understand the dilemmas and poor choice options that families and individuals sometimes have. Unfortunately, we have been through these very difficult choices ourselves and that’s why it is our mission to be able to offer you the very best quality care that sadly, we couldn’t find for Michelle’s own family, to enable your loved ones to be able to remain at home with the very best support, happily, safely and independently with the utmost of dignity.

To consistently achieve this, Michelle, Director and owner of Home Instead Senior Care (Cleveland) personally sees every single new client and their family at the initial care consultation to discuss the comprehensive and bespoke service you will be looking for and ensures we deliver upon that, always and forever. Our clients and the CQC think we do a very good job at this as you will be able to see from our ‘Good’ CQC report (click on the CQC link on our home page).

As the title of the CQC article suggests, you probably only ever want to have to make this choice once for your loved one.  ‘Right first time is best!

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