Prospective residents will be provided with all the information necessary for them to determine whether this is the home where they would like to live. This includes provision of a brochure and a visit to the home if possible.
Trial visits are encouraged. If residents are are able to spend an afternoon or a day at Elton Lodge, this will give them a feel and an insight in to the friendliness of the home. However we do realise this is not possible in all cases.
Usually initial contact and viewing is made by family, friends, advocates or social workers with regards to suitability or room availability. If they are happy then its our policy for the manager to visit the prospective resident at their current location to have an informal chat and make an initial assessment to ensure that we can can cater for the prospective resident's needs and ensure that the prospective resident will be happy with the location and general arrangements.
A provisional assessment and care plan will be drawn up using information from the prospective resident, family, friends, social workers and other health care professionals who are involved with the prospective resident's care. If it is agreed by all that Elton Lodge is suitable then a letter of confirmation will be sent to the prospective resident or their representative confirming the room, the fee and the admission date.
All residents are accepted on a one month trial basis to see if they like the home and that Elton Lodge is the right home for that person. After this time, if all is well, a contract of residency will be issued.
To ensure that the resident receives the correct level and type of care, an on-going assessment is conducted during the trial period and a care plan is written by the manager in consultation with the resident, family, GP etc.
Emergency admissions are accepted, if agreed by the manager, as to the home's ability to cater for that person's needs. Assessments of needs and care are then completed within the first 48hrs of admission as per Care Standard 5.3.