Choosing a care home
In choosing a care home it is essential to consider the
needs and preferences of the individual and the kind of setting
which will suit them best.
Visits to care homes are advised in order to gain as thorough a
picture as possible about the choices available. It is also
advisable to obtain a copy of the most recent inspection report for
You can find reports on the Care Quality Commission website.
Alternatively, you can ask the care home to show you their latest
Choosing a home checklist (PDF, 40k) might be useful to take
with you when looking round a care home to help you make a
Arrangements can be made directly with the home where the
individual is able to pay the care fees in full.
If an application for Adult Services funding is requested, a
care manager will meet with the individual and their carer, to
discuss the person's needs and how these can best be met.
If residential care is required, a financial assessment will
also be undertaken in order to calculate the prospective resident's
contribution towards his/her fees.
We have produced a booklet called
Charging for Residential Care (PDF, 288k). It contains
essential information for people who may have to pay for their care
through Adult Services. You can also obtain a copy from your
local Adult Services office.
A helpful booklet entitled Moving into a Care Home - things you
need to know, is available from your local Adult Services office or
online from the
Department of Health or by calling 08701 555 455.