Care homes – advice for all

If you are starting to think about finding a care home for yourself or a friend or family member, speak to your local authority contact service first as they can look at all your needs in one go, and there might be other alternatives to help you stay in your own home.

There are also several other options for housing for older people, which can be suitable when you can’t manage in your own home, but don’t need the round-the-clock support offered by care or nursing homes.

You can find out about care homes and the services they offer by searching on Help and Support Manchester. This includes their latest assessment by the Care Quality Commission, a national organisation charged with monitoring the quality of all care services.

Choosing a care home and working out how to pay for it can be complex. If you’re considering a move to a care home, make sure you have as much information as possible about what to look for, where to look and how to make the move as easy as possible.

The Independent Age website has lots of useful information, incuding topics such as:

The SCIE website offers lots of information about safety and safeguarding in the care home.  Two of the CQC’s Fundamental Standards, which care providers must meet, concern:

CQC has lead responsibility for investigating incidents where people in residential homes have been harmed by unsafe or poor quality care or treatment, while the local authority takes the lead in safeguarding cases. There will of course be cases where both agencies are involved.

The obligations of care home owners and managers in respect of safety apply to all the people living and working in their care home. They should have clear policies in relation to both.

Safeguarding should be the ‘golden thread’ that ties together all aspects of practice in care homes. This means including all staff in safeguarding training, ensuring all the home’s policies and procedures are in line with each other, and working effectively with external agencies involved in helping care homes improve.

Community Care sets out the following tips for care home managers:

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