What is the difference between a residential and nursing home?
Your local Social Services Department will help you look at your needs. They will carry out an assessment of need, which involves working with you to determine how these needs can be met. The main people involved in the assessment will be yourself and the people involved in caring for you, for example a district nurse or, with your agreement, your GP. At all times you would be helped during the assessment process by a member of Social Services called a Care Manager.
During the financial assessment you will be asked about information about your income, savings and assets, for example, pensions, benefits, property, savings accounts, shares etc. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence. They will always let you know prior to any move how much you will have to pay and the method of payment.
Your Social Services Department will generally pay the fees and will ask you to pay your contribution direct to the home.
How much will I have to pay?
What if you have savings?
What if your savings fall below £23,250?
What if you own property?
- Your partner or
- A member of your family who is
- aged 60 or over
- aged under 16 and is a child or whom you have responsibility to care
What if you are married?
Will your family have to pay anything?
Can you go into the home of your choice?
- The home provides the service, which meet your individual needs and is your preferred choice.
- The cost to them is no more than they would normally pay for such a place. Each local authority has a set rate they will for the different categories of residential and nursing care.
- There is a place available in the home.
- The home is prepared to enter into a contract with them.
You may also choose a home outside the local authority boundary if, for example, you wish to live closer to relatives or you have particular reasons where a home within your area cannot meet your needs.
Moving into a residential or nursing home and giving up your own home is a big step to take and it is particularly important that you find a place that suits you. All homes are different and some will be more suitable for you than others. When you find a Home that you think meets all of your individual criteria, call the Home and ask the Manager any questions you may have or alternatively, simply visit the home.
When you have made a choice, contact the local Social Services Department, who will go through the above process with you and your loved ones.