We help frail older people to remain safely and independently in their own homes because that is what most people want to do. We can do this by providing services like home care or community meals, carry out works of adaptation and supply and fit equipment to help with everyday tasks.
Some people may eventually reach the stage when living at home is no longer possible.
It is a difficult decision to make and one that requires a great deal of thought and discussion with family and friends before you make your final decision.
This part of our website will give you more information about the options available to you at this time.
An alternative to residential care may be a move into sheltered accommodation. Living in a sheltered complex allows people to retain their independence. It also offers either reassurance of a warden on the premises or an alarm system to a central control, should assistance be required. To find out more see the Sheltered Accommodation pages.
A care home is either:
a residential home, providing support and personal care (any nursing care you may require, from time to time, will be provided through your doctor and carried out by a district nurse) or
a nursing home (which must have qualified nursing staff on duty at all times)
If you have chosen to move into a care home in Rhondda Cynon Taf, we hope that the information here will help to provide information and answer questions about the homes that you might consider. It will give you information about your options, but you should bear in mind that there may be waiting lists for places at some homes.
If your need to move is urgent, you may have to consider options other than your first choice of care home in some circumstances.
Please see our fact sheets under Related Documents (on the right) for help in deciding which care home would best suit you, or the person you care for.
Paying for residential and nursing home care
If you are moving into a care home with help from us, you will be expected to pay towards the fees. The amount you pay will depend on your financial circumstances. We will work out how much on the basis of a national set of rules. This is explained in more detail in our factsheet ‘Paying for Residential and Nursing Home Care’ available under related documents on the right.
Sources of help and advice
We may be able to help with some of the costs, as long as we agree that residential or nursing home care is the best option for you. If we don’t agree, we cannot help with your move into a care home. We may, however, be able to help you continue to live in the community with support that we can arrange, such as home care and home delivered meals. More details are available from our staff or in other pages in this website.
In addition to our support, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be able to offer financial help. You can get further information from them and other organisations that are listed under useful links on the right of the page or from an independent financial advisor of your choice at your own expense.
If you think you or someone you care for needs help, contact our First Response Team
Telephone 01443 425003