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input from a qualified nurse. The first step is to contact your local Social Services department, who will undertake an assessment and give you a list of options in your area.


3. How do I fund my move?


The rising cost of care is well-publicised and can be a big concern. There are several options for funding care and it can be complicated to understand them all. Everyone is entitled to have their care needs assessed by the local authority, who will then tell you whether you qualify for financial assistance. You may also be able to receive support from the NHS, particularly if nursing care is required. If you will have to fund your own care, it’s worth calling an independent and regulated financial advisor for guidance.


4. Where should I be based?


Do you want to stay in the same area or is there a friend or relative you would like to move closer to? Everyone has a right to choose a care home including those who require funding support from the local authority, so ask them about their policy on choosing a different location. You can use the phone book, local knowledge, the internet or your local council to get a list of care homes providing the type of care you need in the area you have chosen. You can make an appointment to visit or just turn up. It’s up to you.


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