There may come a time when you realise that your loved might need to move into a care home. If you are not sure that this would be the best option, there are a few indicators that might help with your decision. 

When is the right time?

Your loved one may simply need extra support with daily activities, such as getting changed, bathing and preparing and cooking meals. 

Or there may come a time when their safety is compromised, for example they might be having frequent falls or they may simply feel anxious and lonely on their own; this is when admission to a care home should be considered. 

If they have any underlying health conditions like dementia, a care home environment with specialist trained staff can be of a great support. Our care teams are trained to cope with any of the challenging aspects of behaviour often see in dementia patients and our dedicated teams will provide 24 hour care, so that you can rest assured your relative is being well looked after day and night.

Finding the right home

It is important to discuss and involve your loved one in any decisions about their future. 

Arranging visits to various possible care homes together will allow you to get a feel for each environment and observe how your relative responds to each home. The atmosphere should feel warm and friendly and the environment safe and secure.

If you are concerned about how your loved one may settle into one of our homes, you can discuss with the Service Manager any personal items they wish to bring into the care home. Photos of family and friends, cherished ornaments or even a favourite chair can all help to make their new environment more homely.

You can view all of our homes, their locations, and the types of services and care available here.

A Home from Home

We kindly welcome family members and friends into our homes for afternoon tea or social activities with their loved one, and as long as they are well enough, you may also be able to take them for trips outside of the home or even just home for a meal. 

Remember that it is normal to feel a sense of guilt or anxiety if the time comes when your relative needs care home placement; it is important that you understand when residential care is the best and safest option for your loved one. 

Once settled in, we often find residents are more comfortable surrounded by other people like them, and feel more relaxed being supported by trained and caring staff as well as activity co-coordinators who organise meaningful and enjoyable activities and events throughout the day.

What shall I look for when visiting one of your homes?

Before you visit any one of our homes, compile a list of all the questions you want to ask and all the things you want to look out for – doing as much research as you can is important and ask to take a brochure if they have one available; this will give you something to refer back to when you get home.

You can also read our latest inspection reports from Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England, and Care Inspectorate the regulator and inspector of care services in Scotland.

We also recommend that you visit - a website where you can browse our care homes, and find out how they are rated by residents, their families and friends. This type of feedback from the people who know best, can help you to understand your various options and assist you to make an informed decision.

We have also included a care home checklist below from Age UK which may help you with your research.

Care Home Checklist AgeUKcarehomechecklist.pdf

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Kind words from our residents and their families

Baytree Court

Baytree Court is a very relaxed home, pleasant staff and one of the nicest homes I visit, always get a smile. Service users seem happy.

Glenys Newbury - Health Care Community Worker

Almond View Care Home

To all the staff at Almond View - a big thank you for looking after Mum, with such kindness and dedication. Despite living 400 miles away, I always had a good feeling that she was in good hands. When I did visit, the staff without exception, stopped to chat to us even though they were extremely busy. Please accept my heart felt thank you to you all - a real credit to Almond View.


Bankview Care Home

Thank you for the excellent level of care that my father, Frank Boyle, has received. Bankview demonstrated for us the template for a care home and how it should feel and be run. Friendly, welcoming, excellent care levels, length of time staff remain loyal to the home and above all a clear and comforting atmosphere of great leadership.

Barbara and Jan

Social Work Department

Bankview Day care is welcoming and homely, meeting a wide range of needs with well trained staff and individual care for each client.

Bankview Day Care Centre

Bankview Day Care Centre

I understand why mum loves coming to Bank view Day-care it’s a home from home and the activities offered are excellent

J Campbell

Bankview Day Care Centre

The day care centre has made a huge difference to my life. Best thing I ever done, my week was boring now I have days out and shopping trips and good company.

R Burns

Baytree Court Care Home

We can not thank you enough for all the care, support and attention the staff at Baytree Court have given Marc. The staff have always given their time and support to us on visits which has meant a great deal.

Doreen and Yvonne

Beechwood Care Home

Both mum and I were most impressed with Beechwood and we have decided that is where we would like Dad to come to. You have put both mine and mum's minds at rest knowing that Dad will be looked after.

Thank You

Susan Gibson

K Macdonald in memory of my Aunt Jean

I can't exaggerate the admiration I have for the management and staff of Craigielea. I've never experienced so much patience, coaxing, kindness and care. These people share their lives and emotions, laugh and cry and mourn for the people who entrust themselves to care.

Craigielea Care Home

J Ellis in memory of Steve

The staff talked about my best friend being an inspiration to them, despite his illness It made me change my approach with him, instead of being despondent and sad, I spoke with him the way we had always been with each other. The staff saw him as a person.

Craigielea Care Home

Shelagh Goldie

My uncle, who is a retired GP, recently visited Dad on a trip over from Canada and commented that Craigielea is one of the best places he has ever seen in his experience of elderly care units. Very homely, calm, relaxing and wonderful staff. Keep up the fantastic work you do!


Grandholm Care Home

In all my visits I have been most impressed with the Care and Attention shown by all your staff, who are professional and courteous at all times. We are always welcomed with a friendly smile which makes us feel very much part of the home and being involved

J Barber

Grandholm Care Home

Please accept my sincere congratulations for performance and efficiency of Grandholm Care Home. The home provides a very professional, caring and motivational environment with an abundance of patience and understanding. The home is a credit to your team and one of the best in Aberdeen.

I McCormack

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