Finance: – This is a very sticky point!, but very important to look into. It is important to know how care is going to be funded. There are generally 5 methods of funding;
4 – Social Services Plus Co-Payment – Co-payment is sometimes called Top-up. This is where the Nursing home you like does not accept ‘Social Services Pay Rates for Care’, but you like the home and would like to stay there. In this case the difference between the Home’s fees and that paid by Social services will be paid by yourself as a Top-up.
When you have decided what type of Home you need, the next step is to find homes and pay them a visit. The best site to go to for finding a home is the “Care Quality Commission” website, (www.cqc.org.uk). Once on this site, navigate to Care homes, enter the borough you want a Care home in and the type of Care Home you need (nursing, dementia, etc).
1 – Do you get a nice welcome when the front door is opened
2 – Does the home smell
3 – Are staff shouting or softly spoken
4 – Ask to have a look at the food menu and see if this meets your needs
5 – Ask for a copy of the Service user Guide
6 – If you meet the manager, does he or she ask about your or your loved ones needs
7 – Is the home decorated to your liking
8 – Do you feel you or your loved one would be able to settle in with the other residents in the home
9 – Ask about training available to staff