Hi, I’m Rahul Chhapwale, a care home owner with over a decade of experience, caring for the elderly. My wife and I own the Downsvale Nursing Home and the Surrey Downs Homecare in Dorking, Surrey, UK.  Deepa, my wife, is a qualified Health Psychologist and the CQC Registered manager at Downsvale Nursing Home and Surrey Downs Homecare.

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of meeting many families on their journey to finding the right care for their loved ones.  Putting someone into care is a difficult decision and we have come up with the checklist to ensure you have considered all the relevant factors when putting someone into care.  When you complete the checklist, you will receive a free report with the recommended level of care- low, medium or high which can inform your decision on the right care setting for your loved ones.

As more adults live longer, it is widely recognised that many will need some kind of help and support with everyday tasks to make sure they are able to live in a way that allows them to be safe and also enjoy the things they value such as socialising with family and friends, or a hobby.

The care someone may need will be different for each individual and may change as their needs alter. While some older adults are fully supported by family members, many will rely on some type of professional care.

Professional care comes in many forms along a spectrum. From occasional help for someone who is largely independent (e.g. shopping or cleaning), to receiving a daily or multiple times a day visit (e.g. to support personal hygiene, promote getting up or medications, assist food and drink prep), through to those whose needs are better met with a carer being available 24/7 so they move into a care home or a nursing home.

When deciding on what may be best suited to provide a safe and stimulating environment for someone there are many factors to consider.

Our check list runs through 13 questions to allow you to put in some basic information, to make sure you have considered all the relevant factors and key points so you can feel more confident to begin sourcing the most appropriate care solution. If you are unsure just go with your best guess as the finer details can be dealt with during personal conversations once you have decided where to start.

This questionnaire will take your answers and provide you with a summary report which will be emailed to you so you are able to refer back to it at any point.

Note of caution – it is very common for people of all ages to reply they are fine, its ok, there is no issue, this is then generally not the case if you look a bit deeper. It often takes someone looking in to see a change in another’s ability. This means you may need to look for clues as to what is going on, alongside hearing what you are told.