Sometimes, it can be difficult to know the best way to meet the care needs of a loved one. So how do you decide?
The first step is to make sure that you (or the person you’re caring for) gets a free needs assessment from the local council’s adult social-care department. This is especially vital if you might need financial help from the local authority, as councils will only fund care when someone has been assessed as needing it.
Even if you think you will end up paying for your own care, it’s still worth getting a needs assessment. It provides a professional assessment of the type of care and support that’s needed, which will help you to choose a suitable care home. It might also highlight other care options that you might not have considered.