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Avoiding the care homes minefield

Another care home has been closed recently, and not for the first time, the reason is lack of care standards.

The Care Quality Commission ordered the immediate closure of Merok Park Nursing Home in Surrey after inspectors visited and concluded that the residents were “at significant risk of harm”.  Inspectors found the home dirty and unsafe with the smell of urine present.

The home’s 26 residents were moved following the closure.

Once again it focuses on the big question which many families face when seeking care for their elderly relatives:  how DO you know if the care home you choose for a parent is a safe bet?

When that day comes around and you, together with one or both of your parents, have to make the decision that a residential care home is the only way forward – you all anticipate that by choosing carefully you will make the best possible decision.

Previous closures, while on account of care standards, have also been the result of financial issues.  It leads to the conclusion that it’s a minefield of options.

Closure of a care home, whatever the reasons, entails a huge amount of stress for residents, upheaval, loss of newly made friends, new staff, etc.

At The Graham Agency we know there is a better way for many people.  Not for all, that is recognised, however it is available to many who perhaps have not considered it.  That is staying in the comfort and security of their own home under the wing of a full-time experienced carer.  So, how do you find the RIGHT carer?

The answer is that YOU don’t, we do.  We have had over 26 years experience of finding the appropriate domestic staff including carers for our clients, checking out their previous experience and carefully matching personalities of candidates to clients.  With respect, it’s not a task for the beginner or amateur.  Once we have ascertained that this IS the right person for you or your parent or relative, we can then assist you with professionals in the fields of contracts of employment, payroll, etc.  All the vital aspects that we know and do as a matter of course and that in all probability you would have to discover for yourself.

Take the sensible and professional option.  Talk to us at The Graham Agency and we’ll do our best for you.

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