Many people with dementia will have to move into a care home when their dementia reaches a certain stage. Often they will have other illnesses that make it difficult to remain safely at home. Some people may need to move from one care home into another. Good quality care can improve the lives of people with dementia. Choosing a care home for a relative with dementia is, therefore, important but difficult.
Choosing A Care Home For A Relative With Dementia
Care homes are located all over the local authority area, but people often choose to arrange one themselves. It is a good idea for you visit a few homes before making a final choice. Make sure to spend enough time in each home to get an idea of what it is like to live in. If you are looking for a home for a person with dementia, you may want to first visit alone and then, if you think the home may be suitable, with the person themselves. You can see what their reaction is. You may even be able to arrange for a trial period before making a final decision.
You should look at a recent CQC inspection report for the home, which should be rated “Good” or better. These give details of how the home operates. You can ask the home for a copy or get one direct from the CQC. If your local authority is arranging a care home, and there are several suitable homes, the person can choose which one they would prefer to live in. A ‘suitable’ care home meets the person’s needs, the local authority’s cost conditions, and has a place available.If the person cannot make decisions for themselves, then the local authority has to speak to their guardian or a person with lasting power of attorney (LPA) for their personal welfare. If there is no suitable person, they have the right to an independent mental capacity advocate who will ensure the choice of a care home is in their interest.
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