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Choosing a Care Home

What sort of care home would be most suitable for you will depend on the amount and type of care that you need.

A discussion with a social worker will help you work out what sort of care and support you need and whether residential care is the best option for you. If we agree that residential care is right for you, we can give you information about homes that can meet your needs. 

All residential care homes provide personal care for people who are no longer able to live at home, even with support.  Some homes provide nursing care as well as personal care and some are also registered to provide specialist care eg for people with dementia or a physical disability. 

You may wish to visit a number of homes before making a decision.  When visiting a home it can be helpful to prepare a list of questions you want to ask before you get there. This helps you get the most out of the visit. It is important that where you live is somewhere that you will feel comfortable and secure. Some homes encourage people to stay for a short period or have a meal with residents to see whether or not the home suits them

In principle, you can choose to go to any care home that can meet your needs, provided that home has a vacancy. However if you are receiving financial support from the Local Authority, the Local Authority and the home must agree on the terms and conditions for your package of care.  

The Common Access Point for Health and Social Care can give you more information, including a copy of our Care and Support Services Directory which includes a list of care homes in the area. 

All care homes have to be inspected by the CIW (Care Inspectorate Wales)Opens new window. Tel: 0300 7900 126. You can view the most recent inspection reports on a particular home on their website.

You may also find useful information about choosing a residential care home on the external links below.

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