Sometimes staying in your own home becomes too difficult. This may be because of the medical treatment you need or because you cannot complete day-to-day tasks. You may be wondering whether you need to move into a care home. 

Have you spoken to someone about the things you are finding difficult? If not, please do get in touch to find out how to get information and advice about care and support. One of our care advisers at Sirona care & health will help you make the decision about what type of accommodation will suit you best or whether, with some support, you could stay in your own home.  They may talk to you about extra care or sheltered/retirement housing.

Perhaps you feel your needs have changed and that you have reached the stage of considering a move into a residential care or nursing home. Make sure you speak to the people in charge of your care, to discuss this decision.

Do make sure you get financial advice before moving into a care home so you know what you can afford. Find out more in our money and legal section.

Well Aware

Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) website lets you search for all registered care homes. The CQC was appointed by the government to monitor standards of care. CQC staff visit care homes regularly to inspect the facilities and write reports which are also on the website.

The Bath and North East Somerset Care Guide 2017 gives information about care homes in this area.

Find the information or support you are looking for on Wellbeing Options - a website containing lots of useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

There are various types of care homes, they fall into the following broad categories.

Residential care homes provide personal care and general help with things like washing, dressing, bathing and going to the toilet, if required. They do not offer nursing care. If you have a health problem that needs a qualified nurse, this care will be provided by the District Nursing Service on the same basis as for people living in their own homes.

Specialised Residential Care homes are residential homes that specialise in caring for people with a high level of dementia who do not need nursing. An assessment of needs will determine whether this type of home is suitable.

Care homes with nursing provide nursing care 24 hours a day. People living in these homes will have health care needs that can only be met by a registered nurse. Some offer general nursing care for older people, while others specialise in mental health or physical disability. Care homes with nursing are often dual registered to provide both ‘residential’ and ‘nursing’ care. If you choose one of these homes you may not need to move if your condition changes. Also, this type of home helps couples who may have different needs to live together in the same home.

Care homes that specialise in supporting people who have severe physical disabilities, learning disabilities or autism. These care homes may or may not provide nursing care and will have a particular focus on the specialised needs of individual residents.

You should expect to:

  • Be respected, involved and told what is happening at every stage
  • Receive all the care, treatment and support that you need
  • Feel safe
  • Be cared for by staff with the right skills to do their job properly
  • Be able to feedback to the care home about the quality of its services

Read the CQC booklet on standards to expect.

You will be asked to pay some or all of the cost depending on your needs and how much you can afford. Have you had a full care and support assessment? If you have been found to have eligible needs then we will do a means test to work out what (if anything) you have to pay. 

If you are not entitled to financial support, find out about ways to finance care and how to get advice in our money and legal section.

Some care homes provide specialist support to meet the needs of people with dementia, complex mental health problems or people with learning disabilities.

Nobody can be legally made to move into a care home against their will unless it can be proved that the move is in their best interests, because:

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) website lets you search for all registered care homes. The CQC was appointed by the government to monitor standards of care. CQC staff visit care homes regularly to inspect the facilities and write reports which are also on the website.

The Bath and North East Somerset Care Guide 2017 gives information about care homes in this area

 

 

 

You can complain to the manager of the care home. Or you can contact the Care Quality Commission to share your experience.

You can contact the Care Home commissioning lead at Bath & North East Somerset: Karen E Green on 01225 396441 Email. karen_green2@bathnes.gov.uk

You can contact Healthwatch on 01225 232401 or email: info@healthwatchbathnes.co.uk

 

Have you spoken to someone about the things you are finding difficult? If not, please do get in touch to find out how to get information and advice about care and support.

Find out about staying in your own home to see whether you may be able to get the care and support you need without having to move out of your home.

Look at our information on sheltered and retirement housing and housing for people with extra needs to see whether these might be good options for you.

The Bath and North East Somerset Care Guide 2017 gives information about care homes in this area. We provide residential care homes in Bath & North East Somerset in partnership with Sirona, Guinness Housing Association, Curo Housing and Knightsdown Housing Association.

General information
The Independent Age website provides a short leaflet called Care Homes - What to Look For (guide 19) with good advice on how to choose a care home, and a larger Care Home Guide

AgeUK also provide both a fact-sheet and a guide on finding a care home. And they have produced a series of videos in which people talk about their experiences of living in care homes.

Websites such as CareHomes.co.uk and GoodCareGuide.co.uk  invite people to review or rate care homes based on their experiences as residents or relatives or residents.

Care UK have produced a helpful guide called Preparing for a move to a care home : advice, suggestions and practical support 

Well Aware

Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources

 

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