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Care homes provide round the clock care and support to people who have an assessed need for the service.
All care homes offer:
- a room of your own
- all meals, snacks and refreshments
- care and support staff, 24 hours a day
- help with personal care and everyday activities
- help with continuing your social and leisure pursuits and developing new interests
- specialist nursing care
- support to access additional services including, but not restricted to, GP, chiropodist, speech and language therapist and occupational therapy
Care homes can also offer respite. This is when a room in a care home is made available for people to book for short periods of time. Respite allows carers to have a break from their caring role, while the person they care for is looked after in a safe environment. These breaks allow carers to take some time to themselves, can help them care for longer and lets the cared for person stay at home for longer.
You'll be assessed by care managers to decide what level of care you need. This is done with yourself and your carer. The aim is to allow you to live as normal a life as possible at home or in a homely environment in the local community, like a care home. The right amount of care and support will be given so you can be as independent as possible.
If you think you, or the person you care for, may need to move into a care home contact your local social work office.
Independent sector care homes
Your care manager can also commission care from an independent care provider. The care home must be registered with the Care Inspectorate. This option will be discussed with you, and your carer, at your assessment.