Take a few familiar comforts
A favourite photo or your comfy armchair can make it feel more like home. Check what the care home will allow you to bring and make a list of a few things you’d like to take with you to help you feel at home.
Talk to staff about what you'd like
When you move in, staff will draw up a care plan for you, so make sure they know what you want. Maybe you’d like to take some meals in your room, or to listen to particular types of music. They should do their best to accommodate your requests.
Decide how you'll keep in touch
Whether you get a personal phone installed or decide to communicate by email or mobile phone, it is a good idea to work out how you would like to keep in touch with friends and family. This will make it easier to transition to life in a care home, and also help increase your sense of independence.
Make sure you know your way around
Whether or not you’re mobile, it could make you feel more settled if you know the layout of your new home. It might take you a while to remember where things are, but staff shouldn’t mind you asking.
Go to relatives and residents meetings
Lots of care homes hold meetings where you can discuss problems and ideas. They’re open to residents, and to their friends, relatives and advocates. They’re a good way to get your opinion heard, and you may find you’re not alone in having a particular problem.