There can be a very wide range of issues and questions that arise in relation to care homes, both when first moving into one and also once you have already been living in a home for a certain time (for example, if there is a change in your health or support needs, or financial situation).
Our website and accompanying factsheets and information guides cover the following issues. Click on the various links below for further information:
Information on making a decision about moving into a care home, types of care home and questions to ask when choosing a home. In addition to more detailed information resources, we also produce a Care home checklist, which includes the key things to consider in a compact format that can be kept in your pocket when you visit different care homes to check their suitability.
Paying care home fees and means testing
Most people will be expected to pay something towards the costs of their accommodation and personal care from their income and capital. If the local authority is involved in arranging your placement, the amount you will have to pay will be worked out via a means test, which is based on nationally set guidelines. If you have capital over a certain amount you are likely to be expected to pay all of your care home fees until capital falls to a lower level. The above link takes you to overall information on the means testing processes. The links below relate to other specific issues connected to care home charging and local authority means testing, which you may need to read in conjunction:
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