Settling into a care home

Posted on 21 August 2019

Are you or a relative about to move into a care home? For someone who has been living independently in his or her own home, adjusting to life in care is a major life-transition; but thankfully with the appropriate planning and support, you or your relative can settle into their new community with minimal stress.

Here are some of our top tips for settling into a care home:

Maintain routines

We often overlook the importance of our daily routines; however, these can be a really big part of helping yourself or a loved one settle into their new home. Whether it’s reading the daily newspaper or eating dinner at a certain time every day, the staff at the care home will do their best to fit in with these routines as much as they can.

Stay connected

There are many ways to stay connected with loved ones outside of regular visits. Installing a personal phone is a popular choice with many, as well as setting up a tablet or laptop for video calls. You may also want to keep stamps and postcards on you for special occasions.

Bring home comforts

Bringing home comforts is a key part of helping you or a loved one settle in. From family photos, to a favourite arm chair – these simple things can go a long way in helping someone feel more at home and adds a bit of personality to the room. Unfortunately, you can’t bring everything with you – so have a word with the home about how much they recommend bringing and choose your comforts wisely.

Attend relatives’ and residents’ meetings

These meetings are an excellent way to get to know staff and residents on a more personable level, as well as raise any praises or concerns you may have. The care, comfort & happiness of you or your relative is paramount to staff, so they’ll want to do as much as they can to help you feel at home.

Food for thought

Care home menus are designed to meet a variety of nutritional needs, but don’t be afraid to ask if you want the standard menu altered to better fit your own tastes and preferences. For example, you may have a favourite meal that you’d like once a week – depending on their schedule, the catering staff will typically be keen to try as best as possible to accommodate your favourites.

Find your feet

No matter how independent you or a family member are, it takes time getting used to a new environment. Don’t fear getting lost or asking for help finding new areas in the home. Exploring your new home is an excellent way to find your favourite areas.

Give it time

Moving into a new home is a major life transition, so you can’t expect yourself or a loved one to settle in right away. Generally speaking, we find it can take a few weeks for our residents to feel fully settled in. However, after a few weeks you or a loved one is still struggling, don’t be afraid to talk to the staff to see how they can help improve your experience.

We hope you have found these tips useful; however, should you have any more questions and/or want to find out more about the services we offer at Oaklands, call us on 02380 845759 or email us at