What is available?
There are many different types of nursing homes in Swindon where a number of people live together, looked after by trained nursing staff, available 24 hours a day. They are independently run by a variety of private and not-for-profit organisations.
All registered nursing homes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission so if you are looking for a home yourself visit their website where you will find general information and copies of inspection reports.
Who can go into a nursing home?
Nursing homes provide nursing care for people over the age of 18 who live in Swindon and are unable to remain living independently at home due to physical or learning disabilities, mental illness, sight or hearing loss. In certain circumstances, short term places are also available for people recovering from a hospital stay or illness, or to give the person who cares for them a break from their caring responsibilities, and where their needs cannot be met in the community.
Please note: Nursing care in your own home is generally provided by District Nurses, but where your nursing needs require more frequent or specialist care than can be provided by them, then a nursing home may provide a suitable alternative.
We can arrange an assessment of your needs, including your nursing care needs, to be carried out by a Social Worker and/or a Nurse. They will advise you on the choices available so that you can decide how you wish your needs to be met. However, your choices may be restricted by the nature of your health and care needs.
Can I choose my own home?
If, following the assessment, we agree that a nursing home is the best place for you to live, we can advise you of all the nursing homes in Swindon that may be able to meet your needs and tell you whether they have any vacancies.
If there is no one to advise you on your choice we can arrange for an independent person to provide advice and guidance. We encourage you, your relatives or carer, to make a considered decision by visiting the homes to see if you would be happy there.
Choosing the right provider for you
If you pay for your own services, or have a direct payment, you can choose any care or support provider.
If the Council looks after the funding of your care, this is a 'managed budget'. You can still choose which provider you want, but only from the list of providers who have a contract with Swindon Borough Council.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies for nursing homes, depending on the type of facilities and the amount and type of care you need. Some staff will be qualified nurses and this means that the charges are higher than in a residential home.
Can I get help with the cost?
Help towards the cost of nursing home care is provided in part by the NHS and in part by the Borough.
Everyone assessed as requiring a nursing home to meet their nursing needs is entitled to a contribution of £108.70 per week from the NHS, regardless of income or savings. This is paid directly to the nursing home as a contribution to the gross fee.
You may be entitled to financial support from the county to cover some of the remaining cost if you are assessed as requiring a nursing home. We will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help.
How to get in touch
The Adult Social Care team are the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries relating to adult social care and support.