What should you do if your care home closes?

There are various reasons why a care home may be forced to close its door permanently. The building can become outdated and not fit for purpose, or the home may run into financial difficulties. Although this can be an upheaval for its residents, especially those living there on a long-term basis, relatives will be informed well in advance of the proposed closure. A home is rarely closed at short notice and relatives will have time to look at and prepare alternative means of care.

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Local authorities are responsible for loved one’s care

The council is responsible for a loved one’s care and a place must be found for them. The council should set up an assessment to ascertain what the person’s needs are, and what help they qualify for. A care plan should also be in place, stating which type of accommodation is suitable to meet those needs. The council must also consider the distance which relatives will have to travel.

Another option for the person requiring care, is to research what’s available in the area, and working with relatives, select another home, as long as it’s suitable for their needs and doesn’t cost any more than the council is willing to spend. A more expensive care home can be chosen and the person requiring care can top up the difference if that proves favourable.

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Live in care can be comforting and reassuring

An option to explore in the event of a home closure is live in care. When circumstances change, remaining at home can be reassuring for a relative and providers such as https://www.liveincare.com/ offer cost-effective alternatives to care homes.

As well as exemplary care, providers often offer light entertainment for residents. According to The York Press. Thistle Hill Care Home in Knaresborough hosted Smithy the horse as a guest.

It’s only on rare occasions that a care home will go out of business, and if one in a chain closes, it doesn’t mean that all the homes under that one management umbrella will close. The services are often taken over by alternative management, and this smooth transition will have little or no impact on the care of the residents. Rest assured, if a provider suddenly goes out of business, councils must ensure a continuity of care without any gap in the services.