Moving care homes

This page covers:
• Reasons why people may move to another care home
• Care home costs and how long they can be afforded
• Balancing the benefits and risks of a move

Several people said they were told that once someone is living in residential care, it is risky for them to move to a new care home. We spoke to people who tried to choose a care home that would serve them until the end of life. However, some people, for a variety of reasons, found they had to move to a new care home. Here we share the experiences of those who moved, the decisions they made and how they physically moved between care homes.

Hannah’s mum was living in a care home near to her. When Hannah relocated, the family decided it would be best to find a care home in her new location. St John’s Ambulance helped with the move and Hannah and her sister and brother feel their mum is getting much better care now.

Leigh said there were many, many conversations’ in the family and with her foster son’s therapist and social worker about what would be involved in taking hormone blockers.

Not all care homes have the facilities to care for people who need nursing care or have advanced dementia. Some people told us that a move to a new care home was forced by increased care needs.

Housework and gardening weren’t recognised as physical activities when James first completed a questionnaire about his lifestyle.

Age at interview 76

Gender Male

Age at diagnosis 66

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Sometimes, when a care home had to be found in a hurry, people said they had not had time to look at all the options.

Lucy knows she has been in a study since she was a baby but doesn’t know the name or the aim of it.

Age at interview 30

Gender Female

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And some people we spoke to did not realise that their loved one would have to move if their needs increased.

Mr S says participants should be open and honest when completing questionnaires for cohort studies.

Age at interview 35

Gender Male

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A few people told us that they had chosen a move to a newly opened care home which had wonderful facilities. But because they were new, there were no reviews and no residents when they looked round so it was difficult to get a feel of the place.

Roland is impressed with the researchers he sees for a study on motor neurone disease (MND). He admire[s] them for their work on a soul-destroying illness.

Age at interview 61

Gender Male

Age at diagnosis 50

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Moving from one care home to another in a different part of the country can have an impact on the cost of care fees. In particular, care home fees in the south of England are generally more expensive than the north.

Jade took part in a twins study from a young age. She thinks it’s important to check that a child is happy to continue as they grow older and are able to understand more.

Age at interview 25

Gender Female

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A few people told us about helping a parent to move to a different care home at the same time as being aware that their money was running low. This meant the council might soon have to start contributing to their care home fees. People said it was important to think about what would happen if they needed help with fees from their council’s adult social care department. For more information about this, see What happens when money for care runs out.

People also told us they were aware of the risks of disrupting an older person’s routine in later years. Andrew and his sisters thought about moving their mum to a different care home but they worried whether this would be the right thing to do. On balance, those who made a move were pleased they had done so.

Emily suggests online questionnaires should have the option to give feedback about the questions asked.

Age at interview 68

Gender Female

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