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Tips

  • Plan ahead! You can’t start finding out about care options too early. Many people have stayed independent longer by making small changes to their lifestyle at an early stage.
  • Talk to several care agencies before choosing one. Much depends on a successful relationship with the manager you get on with best.
  • Moving to a care home doesn’t have to be permanent. Some people just need a break to recover their health, and then return home.
  • Speak to experts. Help is there if you know where to look on all aspects of choosing care. Professional advice can save time, money and stress.
  • Make choosing care a family decision, but remember the final choice should be with the person needing care wherever possible.
  • Work out your budget before setting out to choose care.

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Pets

Many older people have pets. They can be a vital part of older people’s lives and well-being.

Pets can provide both physical and psychological benefits to an older person by:

  • Providing companionship and loyalty
  • Alleviating loneliness and depression
  • Reducing stress
  • Giving stability of daily routine
  • Giving an older person a reason to remain independent for as long as possible

When an older person is vulnerable and their own frailty causes them to move into a care home environment, they may face the needless anguish of becoming separated from their pet.

Many care homes recognise the benefits of older people owning pets and as a result accept residents’ pets into the home.

Taking a pet into a care home may assist by:

  • Helping the older person to feel more settled and “at home”
  • Helping to adjust to a new routine
  • Enabling the older person to retain links with their former lifestyle
  • Giving the resident some sense of independence

Many care homes allow pets to visit or they may have a resident cat or dog. However, although residents will enjoy these pets, they cannot replace the special relationship an older person will have will their own pet.

Care homes that do accept residents’ pets may have certain conditions. For example the home may only be able to accept a pet as long as:

  • The older person is able to care for the pet – walk a dog or clean out a birdcage
  • The pet is not too large
  • The pet is not disruptive or cause nuisance to other residents
  • The older person takes responsibility for the cost of pet food, vets bills etc.

These requirements will vary according to the Home Manager and staff attitude towards pets.

Organisations such as The Cinnamon Trust, which is a national charity for older people and their pets, have a register of care homes, care homes with nursing and sheltered accommodation which accept pets.

Whilst lists of homes which accept pets are useful, please bear in mind that it is important to take the best independent care advice in order to find an appropriate care home, which primarily meets the older person’s care, social, geographical and financial requirements. People sometimes move into care homes just because they accept pets, ignoring their own very important care needs.


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Useful Sites

Age Concern – 0208 679 8000
For advice and information on a wide range of issues concerning older people.
www.ageconcern.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society Help line – 0845 300 0336
For information, advice and local support services for those caring for someone with dementia.
www.alzheimers.org.uk

Association of Independent Care Advisers (AICA) – 01483 203066
Represents member organizations around the country that are helping people decide on the best choice of care. The Association can put you in touch with Care Advisers in your local area.
www.aica.org.uk

Benefits Enquiry Line – Free phone 0800 882200
For information and advice on all benefits for the disabled or elderly and their carers
www.dwp.gov.uk

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)- 0870 443 5252
A charitable organisation, which has set nationally recognised standards. Members abide by a Code of Ethics and Practice.
www.bacp.co.uk

British Red Cross Society
Local centres available throughout the country. Services include care at home, transport, holidays respite care and equipment loan for elderly people.
www.redcross.org.uk

Department of Health
Legislation and guidance from the UK Government and the NHS
www.doh.gov.uk

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland
Information on health and personal social services.
www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/hss

Disability Information Advice Line – 01302 310 123
www.dialuk.org.uk

Disabled Living Foundation Help line – 0870 603 9177
For advice on equipment for independent living. Product and supplier information can be given.
www.dlf.org.uk

Help The Aged
Charity committed to addressing the issues that matter to older people.
www.helptheaged.org.uk

Parkinson’s Disease Society Help line – 0808 800 0303
Provides support and information for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their relatives.
www.parkinsons.org.uk

Public Trust Office – 0207 664 7327 or 0845 330 2900
Provide guidance on Enduring Power of Attorney and Court of Protection
www.guardianship.gov.uk

Royal National Association for the Blind (RNIB) Help line – 08457 669999
Provides information and support for anyone with serious sight problems.
www.rnib.org.uk

Royal National Association for Deaf People (RNID) Help line – 0808 808 0123
Provides information, interpreting service, special telephone service and environmental aids.
www.rnid.org.uk

Rukba
Rukba is a national charity that helps older people in need to remain independent. They can provide nursing and residential care and help with fees.
www.rukba.org.uk

Scottish Executive
Information from the Scottish Executive on Health and Community Care
www.scotland.gov.uk/health

The Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the body which is exclusively responsible for the inspection, monitoring and regulation of health and social care in England.
www.cqc.org.uk

The Stroke Association Help line – 0845 303 3100
National Charity, which provides an advisery service for people who have had strokes and their families.
www.stroke.org.uk

Welsh Assembly Government
Information about the Welsh Assembly Government’s Health, Social Care and Wellbeing.
www.wales.gov.uk/subihealth

 
If you require further assistance or would like to speak to the Independent Care Adviser this site recommends please call 0800 137 669 or complete the e-mail enquiry form.

 

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