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Frequently Asked Questions

I need some help at home. How do I go about this?

It all starts with the assessment of care. Contact your GP who will refer you for an assessment. In most cases domiciliary care packages can be arranged if you need some assistance but are not ready for a nursing home. These are almost always funded by the state.

What is the procedure for moving into a nursing home?

There are a number of variables with this question but to keep things simple it would generally go as follows:

  • Visit your primary care provider (GP, Hospital Social Worker) and ask them to make an assessment for nursing care.
  • If you are deemed by the Health Care Trust to be in need of nursing care then you are free to visit care homes of your choosing to determine suitability and bed availability. You will be assigned a Care Manager in the Trust who will be responsible for managing your care pre and post admission to the care home. It is your choice which home you move into.
  • The care home will carry out their own assessment to ensure they are able to meet your needs.
  • Once assessed needs can be met and there is availability the care home will liaise with your Care Manager or the hospital social worker to ensure the right equipment and assessments are in place before admission.
What services are included as part of the placement?

All nursing homes are staffed by care assistants who assist with daily care provision and registered nurses who administer medication, dress wounds, write care plans and carry out assessments. The nursing home fee covers provision of nursing care around the clock. All meals are included as is laundry, hairdressing, entertainment, outings, activities and daily newspapers. Accompaniment at appointments outside of the home is not included but this can be arranged separately should you wish to avail of this service.

Who pays for the care and how much does it cost?

Again, this depends on a number of factors. There is no one size fits all approach. Depending on your financial status you may have your stay in the care home funded by the state, you may be partially assisted or you may have to fund your own care. Some homes, Rose Lodge included, charge top up fees to supplement the basic care provision funded by the state. The Trust do not pay for this so you would be responsible for meeting these costs. This will vary dependent on room type. You can find out how much you will have to pay by asking the Trust for a financial assessment.

Further information is available through the following sources.

Alzheimer’s Society Factsheet:

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