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If you look after someone who moves into a care home permanently it does not necessarily mean that you stop being a carer.

In fact, many carers still spend a lot of time visiting the home, helping with care and keeping the person they care for company. You should still have a carer’s assessment if you find caring continues to play a big part in your life.
 
Your benefits may be affected if the person you care for moves permanently into a care home. Contact your local carer service to see how your benefits might be affected. 

Staying involved

Once the person you care for lives in a care home you can continue to be involved in decisions about their care. Talk to the staff at the care home and make sure they know that you are a carer and wish to be involved.

Residents and relative groups

Many care homes have a residents groups and carer or relatives groups. These are a chance for you, and the person you care for, to have a say in what happens at the care home and to improve the quality of the care given. You get the chance to raise concerns and to ask for any improvements you would like in the future. This could be able anyting from staffing and personal care, to social activities and trips out. 

Relatives & Residents Association

The Relatives & Residents Association is a national charity for older people in or needing care and the relatives and friends who help them cope. They have a helpline where you can get free, expert advice about anything to do with older people and care homes. They have factsheets that you can download, including ones about rights.  They even have a Keys to Care app aimed at care home staff and relatives with advice about improving the quality of care.

If you need to complain

If you want to complaint about care the person you look after gets at a nursing or care home, or from paid care workers at home, then find out more about social care, care home or paid care worker complaints.

Coping with a move into a care home

It can be very difficult when the person you care for moves into a care home. You may feel guilty about this or they may not want to move. There are ways to help the person you care for settle more easily in care home, see Preparing for a move into a care home on the Care UK website for some ideas.

Next update due: June 2017