BBC Radio Scotland; The Care Home Dilemma

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There are lots of reasons why choosing a care home can be fraught with emotion. Often people find themselves looking for one when there's a crisis and a parent is no longer safe and urgently needs round the clock care. If a parent is reluctant to move into a care home, this can place a huge responsibility on their children who feel guilty at having to make a decision on their behalf. Then there’s navigating the system with health and social care and going through financial assessments.

In this broadcast I am on hand to provide practical advice on how to find a suitable care home and all the things you need to take into account.

We also hear from Eleanor, Michael and Stuart who describe their personal experience of finding a care home for a parent and what they would have done differently if they had been more prepared, whilst Karen is just starting to think about a care home for her mum. It’s an agonising decision for all of them.  There are extended interviews with the families on the website.

Broadcast dates are

Wednesday 1st February @13.30 and Sunday 5th February @ 06.00

Available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days thereafter at

Also Call Kaye BBC Radio Scotland Editor’s pick here    01/02/17 2 hours and 20 minutes into the show -

Additional online content will include:

  • Handy hints on Choosing a Care Home
  • Care Home Visit Checklist
  • Extended interviews with three people describing their experience of a parent going into a care home
  • BBC Actionline signposting to further information and advice


Here’s the Facebook link:

 And the programme page for iPlayer, info and advice, extended interviews: