- Sometimes, you’re able to plan for these things, perhaps you’ve noticed changes in somebody elderly that you care about, for example, they just aren’t quite able to look after themselves like they used to; perhaps they’ve noticed themselves and realise that they would benefit from some care.
- Other times, you find that there were no warning signs prior to a significant decline in an elderly persons health, when care is required immediately. With an emergency situation on your hands, it is an easy but dangerous mistake to ‘settle’ on the first place you come across.
Whatever your situation, we can offer some advice to help you make an informed choice.
Every individual must have an assessment of needs carried out before they enter a care home. One of the management team at the home will carry out the assessment and if Social Services are providing funding they will also carry out an assessment before the one at the care home.
We appreciate that this can often be a very stressful time, so in order to make this process as easy as possible, we aim to carry out assessments within one day so you can stop worrying and start settling in.
This assessment is not a test and you are not on trial. It is merely to ensure that we are able to provide you with the care you require. Despite it being against the CQC, “Essential Standards Of Quality and Safety”. many homes will neglect to carry out this assessment or may cut corners by doing the bare minimum. It is essential that you insist on a thorough assessment being carried out in order to ensure you will get the correct care. Our care teams (and indeed our assessors) are friendly, caring, knowledgeable and above all, there to help.
- Research the care available in your area – seek recommendations from other people.
- Create a shortlist of homes you want to visit.
- Write a list of questions to ask on your visit – and don’t be afraid to ask them.
- Speak to residents and staff about the home.
- Find out whether or not there is a waiting list.
- Ask if you can read the most recent inspection report.
- Are you able to come for a meal or to spend the afternoon?
- Work out what your funding situation will be – the Care Home Manager will be able to give you advice on this.
- If the manager believes you may get assistance with funding, contact social services.
- If you are going to be self funding, contact your chosen home when you are ready to become a resident.