Moving into a care home

West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership offer a range of services to support people with a variety of different needs. For some people, it may be that a move to a care home is the most suitable and appropriate way of providing them with the support they require in a safe, caring and dignified way.

A care home is a place where people can live and have their care needs met by trained staff in homely surroundings. Care homes offer a wide range of support:

  • Nursing care homes have trained nurses and additional equipment if you need it.
  • Residential care homes do not provide nursing staff but can ask a community nurse to visit you if needed.

West Lothian Council will assess your care needs. If it is decided that you need to live in a care home we will assess whether you need a nursing home or a residential home.

  • If you have been assessed for residential care and move to a residential care home, we will pay the standard residential rate.
  • If you have been assessed for residential care and move to a care home that only accepts the nursing rate, we may pay the standard nursing rate.
  • If you have been assessed for nursing care and move to a nursing care home, we will pay the standard nursing rate.

If, after the assessment, we think that you do not need a place in a care home, you can still choose to move into a care home, but you will not be entitled to funding from us. This means you will have to pay the full cost of your care and accommodation.

 

Where to find information on a care home

All care homes are registered with the Care Inspectorate. For more information, visit the  Care Inspectorate website (opens new window) 

The Care Inspectorate regularly monitors and grades the quality of care provided by care homes.  You can look at care home Inspection reports on the Care Inspectorate website. Inspection reports provide information on what the home does well and what may require improvement.