Accessing an Older People's Care Home
For most people, the first step towards accessing a care home will begin with an assessment of their needs by their local Social Services department. If the assessment identifies that you , or your loved one, needs permanent residential or nursing support, your social worker will provide you with a list of local homes that will be able to support your needs. If you are privately paying for the cost of your care you do not need to involve a social worker.
You, or a loved one / advocate, should visit these homes so you can decide which one you would like to live in and would best meet your needs. We recommend that you visit at least four care homes before you make any decision, no appointment is necessary to visit a care home, unless you would like to specifically meet with the home manager during the visit, then an appointment may be necessary.