Self Funding Care Guide – Choosing a Care Home
If you, or someone you care for, find that it is necessary to move into a home on either a temporary or permanent basis, it is imperative that you find the right home to suit your needs. Of course it is important that the home provides a good standard of care but you also need to consider a whole other range of issues such as your day to day living, the location of the home and if it is in easy distance to friends and relatives.
It is the responsibility of your local authority to find a suitable accommodation if you have been assessed as needing a place in a care home. The choice you will ultimately have will be governed by the following:
- Location: what care homes are in the chosen area.
- Time: how urgently you need to move.
- Availability: the type of care needed and if there are any available spaces.
- Funding: your financial situation and how you will fund the care fees.
Choosing a care home is a big decision to make – this is somewhere that you will be spending your days and you need to ensure that you feel comfortable, cared for and safe. Depending on the amount of time you have, it is important that you research available suitable care homes in the area – make a short list and visit those that appeal. Make a visit to each care home to have a look around and speak to both staff and residents. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – this is somewhere that you will be living and you therefore need to make sure that it is the right fit for you. AgeUK and Anchor provide a question checklist that you can use to help with the search and make sure you get all the necessary information to make an informed decision.
You can check the home ratings and their most recent inspection report – each country in the UK has its own independent regulatory body responsible for keeping a register of care homes, and for checking them to ensure that they meet national standards:
- In England: the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- In Northern Ireland: the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)
- In Scotland: the Care Inspectorate
- In Wales: the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)