Your local Social Services department will provide you with a list of registered care homes in the local area.
Independent Age have a helpline (0800 319 6789) and the Relatives’ and Residents’ Association offer advice and support (0207 359 8136). Age UK also has a helpline giving free advice (0800 169 6565).
… about funding?
Your Local Authority is able to answer your questions about funding. You may also wish to contact an independent financial adviser who specialises in care planning.
Who will pay the fees?
Funding is based on individual circumstances. In the first instance, you will need to establish whether you are entitled to any contribution towards care home costs from your local authority or the NHS.
A local authority is obliged to carry out a financial assessment where they are arranging or providing a place for you or a loved one in a care home. They will assess your personal finances to work out whether you should make a contribution towards the costs of your care and accommodation.
A local authority will contribute to the cost of care if an individual’s assets (their savings and the value of their home) are less than £23,250. There is a sliding scale of local authority contribution below this threshold.
The NHS will also contribute to the costs of nursing care if you are assessed as in need of it, regardless of status. This is called the NHS-funded nursing care rate and is currently £155.05 per week. This funding will be paid directly to the care home. The costs for accommodation and personal care will still be met by either you or the local authority.
If you have complex nursing or medical needs, you may qualify to have your care fully funded by the NHS under their Continuing Care criteria. You should apply to your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for this assessment.
The care home I am interested in costs more than the local authority fee rate. Can I still move there?
The local authority will determine the amount they will contribute towards your care. If they decide that a care home charging the local authority fee rate would suit your needs, they may not pay any more. You will need to make up the difference in the form of a regular ‘top up’ payment.
My savings are more than £23,250 and I must pay for care and accommodation myself. What will happen when my savings fall below this threshold?
When your savings fall to £23,250 or under, you may be eligible for help from your local authority.
I have very little savings but I own my house. Will I have to pay for my care home even before I sell my house?
The value of your house is usually disregarded during the first 12 weeks of your stay in a care home. You should contact your local authority for more information.
My wife has dementia and she will be going into a care home but I am staying in our own house. How will the local authority work out what we need to pay?
If one member of a couple is going into a care home and the other is staying in their own house, the local authority will generally disregard the value of the home. An assessment is made on any remaining capital before they decide on the level of contribution.
What is the difference between a residential care home and a care home with nursing?
Residential care homes are generally referred to as care homes. Nursing homes are now called care homes with nursing.
A care home is a residential setting where a number of older people live, and have access to a range of on-site care services. A home registered as a care home will provide personal care only – help with bathing, dressing, laundry and giving medication for example. This level of care allows for independent living, but the support is there if needed.
A care home registered for nursing offers residents the benefit of having qualified nursing care 24 hours a day and may accept people who just have personal care needs but who may need nursing care in the future.
How is nursing care defined?
As care provided, delegated, monitored or supervised by a Registered Nurse.
This does not include the care provided by a Care Assistant, even if that care is ‘delegated or supervised’ by a Registered Nurse at a care home.
Personal care is not defined as nursing care.
What category of home is Gorsey Clough?
Gorsey Clough Nursing Home is a care home registered for nursing. We have facilities suitable for Residents requiring personal care and Residents who need nursing care.
Gorsey Clough also offers specialist EMI (Elderly, Mentally Infirm) care for people with dementia and Alzheimer Disease and ongoing mental health-related problems. All Staff at the Home have ongoing training in EMI-related conditions.
Qualified nursing Staff at Gorsey Clough assist Residents with a variety of nursing needs and we promote independence wherever possible. A number of specialist facilities including bath aids, condition specific beds and full wheelchair access ensure comfort and mobility within the Home.
What happens at Admission?
When a referral is made to us by a GP, psychiatrist, social services or relative, we will then undertake a pre-admission assessment. Such an assessment is vital, as it ensures that we can meet all of the needs of the prospective Resident.
Once admitted to Gorsey Clough, consideration is given to the Resident’s medical history. From this information, a Care Plan is devised ensuring a holistic and detailed plan of action to meet all needs. Care Plans are, wherever possible, drawn up with both the Resident and family to ensure that they are included and aware of not only what we are doing, but also why.
All Assessments and Care Plans are evaluated every month to ensure that all care is up to date and that any changes in presentation can be addressed as effectively as possible.
What are the Home’s visiting hours?
There is an open-door policy at the Home and you are welcome to come and visit your relative or friend at any time of the day. However, we would kindly ask that you try and avoid meal times.
Is smoking allowed at the Home?
Smoking is allowed in the Home. However, we kindly request that you only smoke in designated areas.
How do I pay my bill?
We will provide you with all the necessary information to set up a standing order from a bank account. Alternatively, it is acceptable to pay by cash or cheque.
Can I keep my own GP?
You are welcome to keep your own GP but will need to ask them if Gorsey Clough is within an acceptable travelling distance. If not, we will register you with a GP of your choice from one of the practices whose GP’s visit us regularly.
Do I have to get up or go to bed at a certain time?
You can choose when to get up and go to bed.
Am I allowed to have my meals in my room?
Meals can be taken in the comfort of your own room or in the dining area if you wish
Is there a telephone I can use?
A telephone is available in the Home for Residents to make private calls.
What is included in the weekly fee?
The fee covers single or double private accommodation, full board, 24-hour care and laundry. It does not include the cost of hairdressing, Chiropody, clothing, or other personal items deemed to be of a luxury nature including toiletries. The Office will provide full details and cost of any extra services we offer.
Will I be escorted on hospital visits?
A member of Staff will always accompany Residents on visits to hospital.
If I have a complaint?
We have a rigorous complaints procedure in place. Please ask the Home Manager for a written copy of the procedure and to clarify any concerns you may have.
If I have any more questions?
Please do not hesitate to ask us. We are always happy to help!