3 Practice links
You may have the opportunity to work with a service user who is considering entering residential care. Perhaps you can support them by helping them to identify priorities and accompany them on visits to potential homes. A joint visit enables you to assess with them how well a particular establishment is equipped to meet their needs. In considering the suitability of residential placements, you will find it helpful to think about the features of care environments that you met in this course. Also, look at the Care Standards for your nation so that you can consider whether these appear to be being met. Using the material in this course, devise headings for areas you will focus on when assessing the quality of provision.
Similar work can be done with service user groups other than older people in residential care, for example adults moving to hostel accommodation, children moving into or out of foster care, or learning-disabled young people changing supported accommodation. Care has to be taken to support adults through transitions. You should always consult the Standards that apply to the residential provision you intend to visit, and gain as much information as you can about any possible placement and share it fully with the service user concerned and significant relatives.