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A daunting task made easier

There are many difficult decisions in life, but one of the most important is often overlooked. Finding the right care home isn't easy, but it helps if you know where to start.

To celebrate National Care Homes Week (2-6 June), Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) is highlighting the expert advice it can offer to anyone searching for a suitable care home. The Leeds-based company, which provides exceptional standards of care in its 47 UK properties, is fully aware of how daunting this process can be.

"It takes a lot of thought and research to choose the right care home," said Maria Twarowski, Managing Director of MMCG. "It can be a very emotional time, so it is important to know what to look for. Always keep in mind that the home should provide its residents with a better quality of life than they had previously."

High-quality care is essential. This includes knowledgeable staff, so it is advisable to ask about qualifications and training programmes specific to the home. Regulatory bodies, such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC), offer independent ratings of care homes that are helpful when comparing services

It is also important to consider the type of care needed. Some homes provide personal services, while others offer nursing care for those who require additional medical attention. Apartment-style accommodation is available at some homes for those who wish to maintain their independence - with care available if needed.

"We want our residents to do as much or as little as they can or want to do at MMCG homes," said Maria Twarowski. "This freedom of choice allows our residents to maintain their dignity, which is of the utmost importance."