If all the options that might assist you to stay in your own home have been considered and a care home is still the best possible option to meet your assessed care needs, the next step will be to find a suitable home.

If you are in hospital we aim, if we are arranging your care home, to provide you a placement home within one week.

You should have a choice of care home as long as:

  • the accommodation is suitable in relation to your assessed needs
  • to do so would not cost us (if we are paying towards your care) more than it would usually expect to pay for accommodation for someone with those assessed needs
  • the accommodation is available
  • the person in charge of the accommodation feels it is appropriate for you

If we arrange your care home, you will be asked to rank your preferences and it may not be possible to move into your first preference of home straight away.

We will expect you to move to an interim placement should none of your initial preferences be available.

If you are able to make your own arrangements and completely fund the costs of your own care, then you can apply directly to any care home of your choice.  However you should still make contact with the HSCP as we may be able to provide more information about your choices and options.