Residential or nursing home care may not be the only way we can
meet your needs. You or your carer have probably only thought about
a care home because it is becoming harder and harder for you to
manage in your own home.
You may be in hospital wondering if you can return home. However
the Council works very closely with GPs, Community Nurses and other
NHS staff to keep people living as independently as possible.
There are many other ways you can get the support you need and
still be able to live in your own home. These include Homecare,
Daycare and Respite Care (a break for you and your carer) as well
as a wide range of equipment, adaptations to your house and
community alarms to allow you to summon help. We can arrange for
you to be assessed and services provided to meet your needs within
the resource we have available (see Services for Adults for further
Choosing a care home
Growing older can mean you are not always able to do as much for
yourself as you need to, or would like to. Fortunately the Social
Work Service has a wide variety of services which can provide the
kind of help you need, to stay in your home.
Before deciding what help is right for you, a Social Worker will
do a Community Care Assessment which involves talking to you and
possibly your family, friends or other people who know about your
life and your present circumstances. This assessment will show what
kind of service you need. If it is agreed that you do need to leave
your home to be cared for by others, then the assessment will also
say which kind of Home is best for you.
If you hope to receive help from the Council with paying the
Home’s fees, then this assessment, plus an assessment of your
finances, must be done.
To obtain information and advice on the Social Work Department’s
services, you should contact the Advice and Response Team using the
contact details opposite.
Inspections and inspection reports
Since the Regulation of Care ( Scotland ) Act 2001, the Care
Commission has been responsible for the registration and inspection
of care homes in Scotland.
The Care Commission can be contacted at 0141 843 4280 or
alternatively you can visit their website.
Detailed information on each Home in East Dunbartonshire is also
available from any Social Work office. Most Homes will be very
pleased to give you information about their services or welcome you
to visit and see them for yourself. Some are also happy to have you
stay for a short time before making up your mind.
If you decide after a time that the Home you have chosen is not
right for you then you are free to leave, or move to another Home.
You are also free to go on holiday at any time.
You should arrange to visit the homes that you are most
interested in. You cannot find out everything you need to know from
phone conversations, brochures or reports. Visiting the home will
give you a chance to meet staff and residents, and talk to them
about the home.
It is essential that you are happy in the home you choose to
live in. You are making an important decision and you should not
feel that you are being nosy or awkward when you are asking
questions or finding out exactly what happens about things which
might seem unimportant but will affect you every day.
It is probably a good idea to take a relative or friend with you
when you visit a home so that you can compare impressions. Take
your time when you visit. Staff who seem to be rushing you or make
you feel that you are taking up too much of their time are giving
you a message about their home.
You can currently get reports about any home you are interested
in from either the homes themselves or from The Care
Most people find it helpful to consider the following:
- Identify your priorities
- what level of care do you need?
- where do you want to live?
- what facilities need to be available?
- what can you afford?
Identify homes you would like to visit:
- Ask questions
- how is the care home run?
- what is it like?
- are the staff friendly?
- do other residents enjoy staying there?
- what is the food like?
- can you redecorate your room?
- can a visitor stay over?
- are pets allowed?
- what activities are available?
People who do not have large amounts of savings or assets may be
able to get financial help from the Council and the Department of
Social Security (DSS).
You can get detailed advice on your own situation from your
local Benefits Agency (DSS) office or from the Social Work
Department. The amount the Council and DSS pay is limited. Some
Homes set their fees at this limit. If you choose a Home which
charges more, you or your family will have to pay the difference.
Each Home should offer a contract which states the services they
offer and the cost to you.
If you have savings of over £23,500 or you own a property you
will not be eligible for this financial support. You can however
choose to apply for Free Personal Care. Where this is appropriate
you can receive £159 a week for personal care needs and £72 a week
for nursing needs. You must be over 65 years to qualify for the
personal care element of £159.
You can also apply for financial assistance from the Social Work
Department for a 12 week period in order to sell a property, if you
have capital of under £23,500.
If you need care but a partner does not, the Social Work
Department will consider your income alone.
The Social Work Department can assist your partner with benefits
advice as a separate exercise if this is requested.
Any request for financial assistance requires the completion of
a Financial Assessment detailing your present income and assets.
Free personal care is non means tested and requires written
Care homes in East Dunbartonshire
Abbotsford House, Bearsden
Buchanan House, Bearsden
Campsie House, Kirkintilloch
Lillyburn - Kintyre, Milton of Campsie
Lillyburn, Milton of Campsie
- Westerton Care Home,
Lodge Nursing Home, Lennoxtown
Remember – you can choose a home outwith East Dunbartonshire if
If you require assistance for dementia or mental health issues,
the care home must be registered to reflect this.