Home care or care home? Making a decision on care homes in West Sussex

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When choosing care for a relative or friend, it’s important firstly to decide if you are looking for home care, where a carer comes into your relative’s home at set times to care for them, or residential care in one of the nursing or care homes in West Sussex. Below we have outlined some considerations you might like to bear in mind when making your decision.


Both options are going to mean a big lifestyle change for your elderly relative or friend and both have pros and cons. Home care is less disruptive in some ways as it doesn’t involve a move of home but it can become fairly lonely if there are no regular visitors apart from carers who are often restricted on time. Care homes can offer a more sociable way of life in comparison to home care as well as a 24-hour package of care.

At our care home in West Sussex, we encourage residents to have visitors at any time of the day and with an average of 28 residents living at Country Lodge at one time, your relative will have the opportunity to make friends and also bond with the staff members.

Although the lifestyle change is still apparent, we make it our job to ensure the home is as comfortable and homely for the residents as possible. We offer plenty of activities and entertainment for residents to take part in, making it an enjoyable home to live in.

Jean settled in very well and is extremely happy. She loves all the staff and says how good they all are and how well she is treated. – Chrissie, relative of resident

Have you weighed up the costs?

Home care can seem like the perfect option as they will be in an environment they are used to, but if 24 hour care is required, this can be an extremely costly option and if you can’t afford a carer for the whole time, you may end up having to visit your elderly relative more often to keep up with their needs and demands.

You may also find that home care costs fluctuate depending on what level of care is required.  This means you may not know what you will be paying from month to month making it hard to budget.

By opting for one of the nursing or care homes in West Sussex, your relative will have a set monthly fee to pay, which here at Country Lodge will include a warm, comfortable well- appointed room of their own usually with en-suite bathroom, all meals and regular outings if they wish. Our staff are always on hand, 24 hours a day, whether that’s for care assistance or just for a chat with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

By choosing a care home, you avoid the household running costs and other expensive necessities such as a cleaner, cook or maintenance if required.

Take your time.

If you are going for home care, you will need to meet various carers to ensure that your relative gets on well and feels comfortable around them. The same applies when choosing nursing or care homes in West Sussex. Visit a shortlisted few and also read reviews and testimonials to see what other relatives have to say about the home. For example:

A truly lovely Nursing Home where Dad is treated with dignity and kindness. The staff are amazingly friendly and dedicated. – Pam, daughter of resident at Country Lodge

It’s their choice.

At the end of the day, the decision between home care or residential care homes in West Sussex is down to the individual concerned. However, if they choose Country Lodge you can rest assured that they will be in safe hands 24 hours a day.

We care about making our home feel like a home from home for all our residents and also that relatives and friends who come to visit feel comfortable here too.

Visit Country Lodge

If you have decided on a care home, then your next step would be to organise a visit and take a look around the home.

Our manager, Debbie Spokes, will be happy to meet you and your relative and discuss all the options we have to offer, as well as giving you the chance to meet our other staff including deputy Manager, Katie Elphick, and some of the carers. A fully qualified nurse is always on duty at our care home.

To arrange a visit or find out more, please call us on 01903 830600 (Option 1 ) or send us an email here to get in contact. We look forward to hearing from you.