Residential or nursing home care
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Residential Homes for adults provide full board and personal care to people with disabilities and older people; services include assistance with daily living, such as washing, bathing, dressing, toilet needs and eating.
Nursing Homes provide the same range of services as residential homes but also, they provide care needing the constant involvement of, or supervision by, a qualified nurse, and these homes must be managed by a registered nurse or doctor.
Short term, or respite care, designed to give carers a break, is available in both residential and nursing homes. All homes have been registered by a government agency.
What is a registered home?
All the homes we refer people to have been inspected to make sure that they meet the minimum standards set by the registering authority.
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for carrying out local inspections of all public, private and voluntary social care organisations against national standards and registering services that meet those national minimum standards.
Looking for a care home? Get free, independent reports on the quality of your local homes and care services to help you make an informed choice. You can search for a home in your area on the CQC website.
All care homes are inspected at least twice a year to make sure that standards are maintained. Inspection reports are available from CQC on request, and many can be viewed on their website.
Choosing a residential or nursing home
Our advice is to always visit the accomodation you are considering moving into. Ask to look around, including the bedrooms, bathrooms and other facilities. If you are unable to do this, ask a relative or friend to do it for you. When doing so, it may be useful to go through the following checklist:
• Does it meet your standards of cleanliness and comfort?
• Does it smell clean and fresh?
• Ask about staffing levels, both day and night.
• What qualifications do the staff have?
• Do the staff seem friendly?
• Ask other people who stay there what they think.
• Ask to see a sample menu and a list of activities that people can do there.
• Ask a member of staff if you will be allowed to bring some personal items into the home, such as photographs, clocks and small pieces of furniture.
Other Things to Consider
• Is it near your family and friends?
• Is the décor adequate?
• Can you have a choice of a single or shared room?
• Are there smoking/non-smoking areas?
• Can you drink alcohol if you want to?
• Is there a lift/stair-lift?
• Are there en-suite toilet or washing facilities in the bedrooms?
Are you able to Choose:
• What and when you would like to eat?
• When you get up and go to bed?
• What time you see your visitors?
• To go out with your friends?
• To keep your own pension/bank books?
• To keep a pet or plants?
• To entertain your family and friends?
Other Considerations and Queries
• Make sure you will have some privacy if you want it.
• Is there somewhere safe for you to keep your valuables?
• Is there an alarm button in your room?
• Is there a residents' committee?
• Is there a complaints procedure?
• Ask what is included in the fees?
• Are there any hidden extras you will be expected to pay for?
• If you want to leave, what period of notice would you have to give?
• What notice would the home give you?
• What are the arrangements for funerals and payment should you die?
• What happens if you go into hospital or on holiday?
• How will the cost of the home be met?
• Will you be able to afford it?
What to do next
Contact us at one of our offices or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange to assess your care needs. You can also ask for a service online.