Moving into a Care Home from Hospital
Many older people being discharged from hospital will have a local council care assessment. This is to decide if you can get help to return to your own home, or whether your needs can be best met in a care home. The hospital staff should contact social services and arrange this for you, if it looks like you still need help and care.
However, you may continue to get completely free care from the NHS, depending on your medical needs. This is known as continuing NHS health care. You should be assessed for continuing NHS health care before you have a local council care assessment. If you get it, the NHS will decide which care home you will move into.
If you don't get free continuing NHS health care it is your right to make your own decision about which home you will move to. This applies whether you are going into care home from home or from hospital. Finding the sort of place you'd be happy living in can take a while. Hospital staff should understand that you need time to make such an important decision and should not put pressure on you, or your relatives, to choose a home quickly.
Hospitals can sometimes try and hurry you along. If this happens, you may want to point out to the hospital and social services staff that the Government has published guidance giving you the right to choose which home you move to. If you are still not happy you may wish to use their complaints procedure.
You can find more detailed advice on hospital discharge and the NHS complaints procedure in the section on Leaving hospital on the Age UK website.
Related Advice Articles - General
Yourcarehome.co.uk will supply reviews to NHS Choices following initiative announced today by Norman Lamb, Minister for Care and Support
Yourcarehome.co.uk believes strongly that by bringing quality peer reviews to social care, we can significantly improve the quality and public perception of care in the UK. More
Moving into a care home is a life-changing experience. Christine Michael, whose mother is currently a care home resident, offers these tips on settling in. For someone ... More
Sometimes, moving into care can involve having to sell your home. Robert Dolbear from Bridgefast Property Services writes for yourcarehome.co.uk about the practicalities involved... More
The relationship between a parent and child is quite particular. As a general rule your parents are the first people with whom you build a relationship ... More
If you are unhappy with the care that is being provided by a care home, who should you talk to? We have information for you from ... More