When choosing a care home it is important to select the style of home in which you feel most comfortable. For some, a residential care home, which offers accommodation, meals, and personal care, will be the right choice. Some offer a homely environment while others offer a hotel-style service. In a residential care home, you will be cared for by suitably qualified or experienced staff. Most of our staff have qualified in NVQ 2 or 3, Health & Social Care, or are studying for one of the new Awards or Diplomas in Health and Social Care. Many of our training topics are assessed and refreshed annually to ensure our staff are up to date with best practices.
A nursing care home is similar to a residential care home and will also offer accommodation, meals, and personal care. The difference is that a nursing care home also offers 24-hour care by a qualified nurse who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (the professional registration body for nurses). Nurses must maintain their continued professional development (CPD) to maintain their registration and so regularly undertake refresher training.
Some care homes can offer both residential and nursing care. At Gold Care Homes all of our homes are suitable for people living with dementia, with experienced and qualified staff on duty 24 hours per day.
It’s important to understand your own specific needs before choosing a care home – and although you may have a good idea of the sort of care you want, a professional assessment will often help in your decision-making process.
If you are entitled to financial help
If you think you’re entitled to help with paying for your care, first talk to your GP. They’ll refer you to your Local Authority, who will give you a ‘community care assessment’ and put together a ‘care plan’ outlining the care they think you’ll need. You will need this plan if you want your Local Authority to contribute towards the cost of your care.
What’s involved in a community care assessment varies depending on your circumstances. In some cases a single visit – called a ‘contact assessment’ – is all that is needed. In other cases this will be an initial assessment followed by further specialist assessments – for example if you need specialist medical or nursing care.
Once you have chosen the best Gold Care Homes’ home for you, the manager will do their own assessment to ensure that we and the Home can meet all your needs.
If you’re paying your own care home fees
If you know you’ll be paying for your own care, you don’t need to be assessed by your Local Authority. Once you have chosen the best Gold Care Homes’ nursing/care home for you, the Home Manager will visit to complete an assessment to ensure our facilities and staff are able to meet your needs.