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Choosing to live in a care home

If you’re thinking about moving into a care home, you can ask us to visit you and carry out a needs assessment to look at your social care needs.  If you have a carer, we’ll offer to assess their needs too. 

You can request a needs assessment by using the contact details on this page.  If you think you’ll need help with your care home fees, we’ll also carry out a financial assessment to see whether you need to pay something towards your fees.

You can have a needs assessment even if you’ll be paying your care home fees yourself. 

If you’ll be paying your own fees and you don’t want a needs assessment, you can arrange your move directly with the care home of your choice.

If you find you need help with the fees later, you can request a needs assessment then.

Our assessor will look at whether your needs could be met at home or whether staying in your own home would put you at risk.  They will discuss this with you and your family and agree on the best way to meet your needs.

There are various services that may help you continue to live safely and independently in your own home.  These include things like personal care, preparing meals, cleaning, carrying out small repairs, having a short break in a care home and care for people leaving hospital who may not feel confident about going home straightaway. 

If a care home is the best option for you, your assessor will contact your district nurse or community psychiatric nurse to carry out a joint assessment of your care needs.  We are required to do this by law.

The joint assessment will either be carried out by your assessor and nurse visiting you together or by a discussion between your assessor and nurse.  Together they will recommend the level of care you need.  This may be residential care, nursing care or continuing health care.

You may have to pay something towards the cost of living in a care home.

We’ll carry out a financial assessment to see how much you need to pay and advise you on any benefits you may be able to claim.

The financial assessment will look at your financial circumstances, not your partner’s or your family’s.

You can move into your preferred care home as long as:

  • It’s suitable for the needs your needs assessment says you have
  • There’s a place for you in the care home
  • The care home accepts the Council’s standard terms and conditions
  • The fees are suitable for the level of care you need

You can find details of registered care homes in Cornwall on the Care and Support in Cornwall website.   These care homes are inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

Within the first four weeks of moving into a care home, either you or the home can end your contract by giving a week’s notice in writing.  We would then help you find another care home.