Independent Social Work

finding the right care

Here to help …

Your independent social worker will assess your loved ones care and support needs and look at the range of care options to keep them living as independently, and safely, as possible at home. They can complete a financial assessment to ensure your loved one is claiming benefits they are entitled to.

This may include domiciliary care agencies, private unregistered and registered carers, live in care and companionship.

Your will be supported to choose the right one, understand what is included and what is not, and how to keep informed about your loved one’s changing care and support needs.

Your independent social worker will help you to plan the way forward and smooth the path to reduce your stress

Home Search

Choosing a care home can be very stressful for families, particularly when their loved one is in hospital. This is an emotional time especially if the decision needs to be made quickly. We are here to hold your hand throughout the process, and ensure that you have the information you need to make the right decisions.

This package is for you if you need help with:

  • Information on funding streams; local authority Vs self-funding care
  • Continuing Health Care funding and funded nursing care
  • What information is needed for the local authority financial assessment and why do they need it
  • You need to understand the terms: care home banding, Deprivation of Liberty, safeguarding, top up, Continuing Health Care, funded nursing care
  • What does paying a top up mean?

Support will look at a range of care home individually and provide you with a short list of suitable care homes for your loved one, taking into account:

  • The personal needs and wishes of your loved one
  • Consideration of location, local amenities and transport links
  • Care provided including the ratio of carers to residents and number of residents in the care home
  • What the placement will Cost; what is included and what extra costs there might be
  • Which GP practice will your loved one be registered with and how often does the doctor visit
  • Availability – is a room immediately, or is there a waiting list?
  • Activities available at the home; activities coordinator employed, visiting, chaplain or church visits, trips out etc
  • Visiting for families; is this open or limited
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) report; read and inform you of findings

Enhanced Care Home search

All the support of the care home search package, but with even more individual support. Your independent social worker can personally visit each of the short listed homes, with you, or visit without you present, and provide photos/videos which you can share with the wider family.

Supporting you through the process of the move. Sourcing labelling for clothing, listing and photographs of all valuables, personal items such as spectacles, hearing aids, dentures, and valuables your loved one is taking with them.

Meeting you at the care home to ensure the room is ready and staff are on hand to ensure a warm welcome to the home and support you to know when is the right time to leave.

Ongoing monitoring of the placement

Ensuring with up to 2 hour monthly visits to ensure that the care plan is being followed, deal with any issues and plan the next steps. Communicate with the family and address their concerns. Update the care plan and risk assessments and arrange a review every 3 months.

Contact Us

If you need some practical advice and support when it comes to caring for your loved ones, or simply have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. We would love to help.