Many issues need to be considered when establishing your long-term care needs, and the information required to do this is gathered through a care needs assessment. The individual’s needs and wishes are central to this assessment, and it is important to remember that the advice you receive does not have to be taken. Typically this assessment will be carried out either by Social Services, a hospital multi-disciplinary team or in the community by members of the Primary Care Team. The source of the assessment will depend on the individual’s circumstances when the need for long-term care is identified.
Learning & development
All Caring Homes colleagues are given appropriate training and support to carry out their roles effectively. In 2014 we won an award for our dementia care, and we have a dementia training strategy that is currently being provided at all of our homes offering dementia care. We also have learning and development programmes for Future Leaders, where our talented Home Managers are able to share ideas and best practice. Home Managers and Service Managers have development opportunities, with toolkits to support career progression. The Caring Homes talent management programme offers a career ladder for nurses, while our healthcare assistants also have a clear job ladder to follow. Our Regional Home and Service Managers benefit from dedicated talent panel support, as well as learning and development training courses.