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.
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.
Care homes within East Dunbartonshire
Abbotsford House, Bearsden
- Antonine Care Home,
Buchanan House, Bearsden
Campsie House, Kirkintilloch
Lillyburn, Milton of Campsie
Mugdock House, Bearsden
- Westerton Care Home,
Lodge Nursing Home, Lennoxtown
Remember – you can choose a home outwith East Dunbartonshire if
All of the above are nursing homes, some specialise in Dementia
If you hope to receive help from the Council with paying the
Home’s fees, then the community care 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 Adult Intake Team by
phoning 0141 355 2200
Inspections and inspection reports
In line with the Regulation of Care ( Scotland ) Act 2001, the
Care Inspectorate has been responsible for the registration and
inspection of care homes in Scotland.
The Care Inspectorate can be contacted at 0141 843 4280 or
alternatively you can visit their website on www.careinspectorate.com.
Recent inspection reports on all registered care services including
care homes, are available.
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. You can
seek advice for Social Work. 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.
Select the Scottish
Government booklet for further information on moving
into a care home.
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?
Potential Care Home residents who do not have
sufficient income or capital to meet the costs of care provided
within a care home setting can request financial assistance from
the Local Authority and the Department for Works and Pensions
Requests for financial assistance require the
completion of either a Free Personal Care Application OR Financial