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Residential & Nursing Care

Before moving to a care home it would be worth considering what support may be available to help you to continue to live at home.

If, however you do feel that a care home may be the right option for yourself or a family member you may be feeling a little unsure as to where to start. The following information will help you make better choices when deciding on which care home offers you the home environment that best suits your needs.

Choosing a Residential or Nursing Home

You, or your relative, may be thinking about a care home because you have gradually found it more difficult to manage at home, or because an illness or accident has affected your ability to live independently.

Residential care homes offer services such as laundry and meals and help with personal care. Some homes offer short-term stays but normally they provide more long-term or permanent care.

You may need to move to a nursing care home if your illness or disability means you need regular nursing care and this cannot be given in your own home. Nursing staff will be available 24 hours a day in a nursing home.

What to look for in a Residential or Nursing Home

Moving to a care home is a very important decision in your life and you may need assistance to help you think this through. A discussion with a social worker will help you work out what is right for you. Once you know the type of care you need, you can get more details of homes that can meet your needs, and perhaps arrange to visit a number of homes.

When visiting a home it can be helpful to prepare a list of questions you want to ask before you get there. This helps you get the most out of the visit. It is important that where you live is somewhere that you will feel comfortable and secure. Some homes encourage people to stay for a short period or have a meal at mealtimes to see whether or not the home suits them.

All care homes have to be inspected by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). Tel: 0300 7900 126. You can search for a list of registered homes in the area and view the most recent inspection report on a particular home on CCSIW web site.

How much you will have to pay for residential care depends on your income, savings and other assets. To find out more information about paying for Residential and Nursing Care please visit the Residential & Nursing Care Charges section of our website.


Page updated on: 14/12/2016

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