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If you can no longer be safely supported to live at home and are thinking of moving to a care home, you are faced with some very important decisions and choices. The following pages will help you to gather information and ask the right questions before making your decision.
The decision to leave your home and move into a care home is not an easy one. You may be thinking about it because you are finding it difficult to cope at home – perhaps you are becoming frail and need help. It may be that the person who has been caring for you is no longer able to. Wherever possible, care and support services will help you to continue living at home. But, in some cases, it may be that residential or nursing home care is the best option for you.
The choice of home is very personal and what suits one person may not suit another. If you are paying for your care, you may choose any home that you can afford to pay for. If we are paying for your place in a care home, you may choose any home as long as:
When choosing a care home, you should consider what is important to you.
We encourage you to visit several homes so that you can compare them.
You may want to live in a local home to be near family, friends or the local church or health centre.
Moving into a care home is likely to be a big change for you, your relatives and your friends, so it is important for you to see a familiar face.
To help you feel at home, you should be able to welcome visitors in the same way you did in your old home.
Care homes should support visits and staff should make it as easy as possible for your relatives and friends to visit.
They should respect your relationship and give you as much privacy as they can.
Generally, care home fees cover all the normal things a registered care home or nursing home would be expected to provide for you.
The care home should not normally ask you to pay any more for your daily living costs.
You may, however, have to pay extra for hairdressing, dry cleaning and newspapers.
You will have to pay for your own personal items such as clothing and your choice of toiletries.