If it is time to look for a care home for the person you care for, choosing the right one for them can feel overwhelming. Ensuring they are safe and happy is paramount. But there are so many other decisions, such as the location of the home, what facilities it has, how much it will cost just for starters. Here, Age Space provides a guide to help choosing a care home in Buckinghamshire.
Once you have a good idea of the type of care home your relative needs you can use Age Space’s guide and checklist for finding a care home.
- Searching for a care home in Bucks
- Different areas to consider
- Average care home costs in Bucks
- Elderly life in Buckinghamshire
Finding Buckinghamshire Care Homes
Age Space is working hard on making our own care home search engine to help you find the best care home options in your area. In the meantime we recommend using a directory like CareHomes.co.uk.
Different Areas to Consider in Buckinghamshire
On the outer circles of London, Buckinghamshire boasts vibrant market towns, stunning countryside and brilliant museums. Below we have briefly provided an overview of the 4 districts and Milton Keynes, the benefits to each. To find out more of the natural and cultural attractions in the county visit our page on the best cultural gems in Buckinghamshire.
“The city in the country”, Milton Keynes has over 6000 acres of parkland, rivers and lakes which complement a busy and active city centre. With exceptional links to London, Milton Keynes is a great place to keep families entertained and you’ll never be left wanting for a day out idea with the grandparents. At the centre is Milton Keynes Hospital, a large general hospital – see the updated CQC rating.
Home to 350 square miles of leafy green countryside, charming market towns, quaint villages and plentiful attractions, Aylesbury Vale is a wonderful place to grow old in. Stoke Mandeville hospital (CQC rating) also lies in the heart of Aylesbury town.
Find a host of historic towns, sporting venues, accessible attractions and picturesque scenes in the district of Wycombe. High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow are the main towns in the area, all of which have great shopping opportunities and cultural attractions, while maintaining a sense of rural charm.
The Natural Museum at Tring, Ashridge National Trust estate and The Chiltern area of natural beauty all call Chiltern district their home. With great transport links throughout the district, large market town also provide every amenity and entertainment you can think of to enjoy on a day out with your elderly relative.
Encompassing Slough, the outer reaches of London, and a short drive from Heathrow, South Bucks is the first taste of rural life as you exit the capital. South Bucks has plenty of small town, road and rail connections, and days out to enjoy. It does however have the fewest number of care homes to choose from out of the other districts on this list.
Average Buckinghamshire Care Home Fees
How much you can expect to pay for a care home per year depends on whether or not the older person in question requires residential care only, or residential with nursing care. In the UK this is usually around £33,852 per year (residential) and £47,000 (nursing).
Given its proximity to London, the South East of England is averagely the most expensive region in the UK to pay for a care home, along with the South West. This doesn’t mean that you can expect to pay the prices below as care home fees are dependent on a lot of things from location, facilities, space, type of care, length of care, staff per resident and preference.
Estimates taken from a study by LaingBuisson from the Care of Older People UK Market Report 2018
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Life in Buckinghamshire
While Buckinghamshire is a potentially expensive place to find a care home there are many benefits to it. There is an averagely high quality of life to start. There are great transport links across the country – so your parents are never more than a train or a bus away. This also means there are exceptional availability of services of all kinds, including those for elderly people e.g. specialist health services.
Milton Keynes is also a large city with plenty to do, see and buy. With large malls, lots of parks, museums, art galleries and attractions, Milton Keynes will have everything you need. There is also plenty of countryside to enjoy, scattered with stately homes, national trust properties and alike – perfect for a cultural day out in Buckinghamshire.
Hospitals in Buckinghamshire
There are 4 major hospitals in Buckinghamshire and several smaller community hospitals throughout. Follow the links below to the up-to-date CQC ratings for each hospital. You can find out more about the major and community hospitals in Buckinghamshire here.