EVERMORE ART COMPETITION – TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Important terms and conditions about this competition

This bit may look a bit long and less interesting, but it’s really important to make sure you know all the rules, so you know what to expect. Ask an adult (your parent/guardian, teacher etc.) to explain anything you’re not sure about.

Make sure you tell your parents/guardians that you are joining in our art competition, show them this information and ask them to submit your entry on your behalf.

  1. Entry form must be submitted to cumming@active-pathways.com before 28/02/2023
  2. A photo of your completed artwork submitted by 03/03/2023
  3. Submitted artwork must be signed off by parent/guardian in order to ensure authenticity.
  4. No incomplete or late entries or those not in accordance with the entry instructions will be accepted. No responsibility can be taken for entries lost, damaged or delayed either by post or computer transmission error.
  5. Entrants must have the permission of their parent or guardian to enter. Evermore Care Homes requires the consent in writing of the parent or guardian of the author of a winning entry to publish that winning entry and the author’s name, age and town or city of residence. If Evermore does not receive written consent from the parent or guardian of the author of a winning entry Evermore reserves the right to select an alternative winner, as a result of reasonable efforts to contact the original winner being unsuccessful.
  6. The prize will include the winning artwork to be displayed in new luxury care home Astley View with first place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £100, second place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £50 and third place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £25.
  7. The winning entrant must be willing and able to assist with promotion of the care home including appearing on television and other media, social media and websites, including through video and image.
  8. The name, county and photograph of the winners may be used by Evermore its associated companies for publicity purposes. The winner agrees to comply with a reasonable request to provide a photo of themselves with their prize and to allow Evermore to use their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional remuneration.
  9. Only one picture per entrant will be permitted. Designs will be considered by a judging panel. No entries submitted on behalf of a club can be accepted.
  10. Entries must be original and not a copied design.
  11. In consideration of our agreeing to allow you to enter the competition (the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged by you) the piece of artwork remains the property of the care home, however the artwork can be requested back after a minimum period of 6 months and the author is responsible for collecting the piece in agreement with the care home manager.
  12. Shortlisted pieces of artwork will be displayed in the one of the new wings at Astley View for families and friends to view.
  13. Prize winners will be invited to a prize giving ceremony.
  14. The decision of Evermore in all matters shall be final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  15. Entry implies acceptance of every one of these terms and conditions.

EVERMORE ART COMPETITION

To celebrate the opening of our new, state-of-the-art care home, Astley View, in Chorley in spring 2023, we are on the hunt for the perfect pieces of art to take pride of place in the home. We know that Lancashire’s got talent and so we wanted to give budding artists a chance to create a piece of artwork that reflects our favourite county.

Are you up to the challenge? We’re tasking you with creating a piece that represents Chorley or Lancashire. You can use any medium you like from watercolours to charcoal; it just needs to be on a A3 landscape canvas. Let your inspiration run wild!

The winning pieces will be displayed at the new Astley View site in January where family and friends can view the shortlisted entries. A first, second and third place will be selected for both primary and secondary school entrants.

Notes for teachers:

This artwork can be completed in or outside of school. It could be a great focus for an art lesson or a creative project, but it can of course be completed by students independently at home. We’d love it if you could encourage as many of your students as possible to get involved in showcasing their talents and celebrating the county. If you have any questions at all, from yourself or on behalf of your students, please get in touch. We’re really looking forward to seeing what your students can do!

Prizes

1st place: £100 Amazon voucher

2nd place: £50 Amazon voucher

3rd place: £25 Amazon voucher

Entry requirements

  • You must be in primary school years 3-6, or secondary school years 7-11.
  • Your artwork should represent Chorley/Lancashire
  • A landscape canvas using tools of your choice

 

How to enter

Judging

  • The judging panel will review the photo’s of the pieces of art and shortlist entries after the closing date.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be sent an email inviting them to exhibit their artwork at Astley View, (date in March to be confirmed) and family and friends will be invited to view the artwork
  • Following the exhibition, the judging panel will select the winners

Notifying winners

  • Winners will be notified by email and will be invited to a prize giving event with their families
  • The winner and their family will be invited at a later date to a special event when their artwork will be mounted on the wall.

You can send your artwork and completed forms below to: Evermore Art Competition, Strawberry Fields Digital Hub, Euxton Ln, Chorley PR7 1PS

Questions

If you have any questions about our art competition, please contact us at: stuart.cumming@active-pathways.com

 

 

 

In spring next year, we will be opening the doors of our brand new £15m state-of-the-art care home in Chorley, Lancashire. Astley View has been a real labour of love for everyone at Evermore and has been specifically designed with our residents, our team and our environment in mind. From our use of durable materials to encouraging biodiversity in our green spaces and recycling, we have worked hard to ensure our home is sustainable and designed to give our residents and team the best quality of life possible.

In the design and construction phases we worked closely to BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) specifications in order to build a home that was as sustainable and environmentally conscious as modern materials and construction economics would allow. We’re sure our future residents, team members and local community care about their impact on the planet as much as we do and hope that achieving a Very Good BREEAM accreditation will go some way to demonstrating that care and places us in the Top 25% of non-domestic building in the UK. Lastly and definitely not least, we wanted to create a comfortable and vibrant working and living environment for our residents and team – a place they are happy to call home!

What elements did we focus on?

Selecting the Right Materials

When building Astley View, we wanted to maximise material efficiency and minimise environmental impact where we could. We used resilient and durable materials to reduce the need for replacement and therefore limit waste. From the structure itself right down to the flooring and doors the entire site has been made to last. This durability makes life easier for everyone. Our team know they can put their all into providing our residents with the care and quality time they deserve, and our residents can sleep easy knowing the home is sturdy and will be for years to come.

It was important for us to take the carbon footprint of the entire site into consideration when building Astley View which means we had to consider where energy was consumed at every stage right down to production of the materials that we sourced and used. Every material has what is known in the trade as ‘embodied energy’ which in a nutshell is the amount of energy it takes to produce that material. So, for example concrete has high embodied energy so we wanted to reduce the use of it at the site which is why we opted for a steel structure which in itself is recyclable when the building is replaced in 50 years time. Selecting and sourcing materials considered by BREEAM to be environmentally conscious meant that we were able to create a home whose very foundation is considerate of not only our team and residents but of the planet as well.

Energy

Part of the accreditation involves assessing energy usage throughout the home from the use of energy saving lightbulbs to slightly more complex systems such as solar shading. This innovation allows us to absorb as much light and heat from the sun as possible during the dark and cold winter months and then come those rarer sunny days it provides the home with some much-needed shade. This makes for a cosy and comfortable home for our residents and a cool working environment for our team. It also means we can cut down on our energy consumption and costs so everyone’s a winner!

Waste

In order to give ourselves the best chance of acing the BREEAM accreditation we needed to make sure that we were considering waste at every stage of the home. Aside from limiting waste at the actual construction phase and during the maintenance of the home we also wanted to provide ways residents and the team could help us by doing their bit. We have therefore included full recycling stations in all dining and kitchen areas and there is an external refuse area to allow the separation of waste material.

Transport

It was important for us to choose a location for Astley View that had good connections to public transport and cycle routes so that it was easy and accessible for staff and visitors. You will find us a short walk from Chorley train station, there is a bus stop directly outside the home and there are traffic-free cycle lanes enroute. At the home itself we have built in storage areas for bikes, electric vehicle charging points and car sharing spaces. We hope that this encourages both our team and visitors to use more environmentally friendly transportation and reduces heavy congestion around the home which is more pleasant for our residents.

Land use and ecology

The outside space and gardens have been a real focus and giving our residents and team easy access to beautiful green spaces was a priority. We know the benefits to mental and physical wellbeing of spending time outdoors and so creating various spaces for staff and residents to enjoy was a must. Our galleried café opens up onto a magnificent corridor of trees and our landscaped gardens provide a serene oasis for a breath of fresh air. For our residents who are keen gardeners there is also the opportunity to get involved in the maintenance of the garden which can work wonders on the mind and body. The inclusion of these green spaces also encourages biodiversity in our local environment and of course helps to reduce CO2 levels.

Health & Wellbeing

Even during the design and construction processes we have been considering the health and wellbeing of our team and residents. For our team we wanted to ensure that we made their job as easy as possible by providing them with innovative solutions and by creating a comfortable environment for them to work in. The team have a dedicated team area that covers three levels and to make it easy for them to move around the home with bulky trolleys. ‘Views out’ assessments are also carried out in areas where team members may be working for longer than 30 minutes to ensure we are making bright rooms with views of the outdoors for them to work in. Glare control assessments have also been conducted to highlight any rooms where there is a potential for glare on computer screens or TVs. Blinds can then be fitted and allows our team to crack on with their desk duties and residents to enjoy an afternoon film!

Why is a good BREEAM rating important?

BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. The aim of the programme is to minimise the environmental impact of buildings by ensuring sustainability best practices are put in place. A good BREEAM rating was so important to us when building Astley View because we want to support our planet, our local community, our team and our residents in every way. Constructing a home in a more environmentally conscious way has also allowed us to create a space that is fit for purpose and comfortable for the team and residents. At Evermore we take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and achieving a good BREEAM rating is just the icing on the cake.

In the case of Astley View, Chorley council set us the challenge of achieving a ‘very good’ rating for the home and we feel we have gone above and beyond to do just that.

At Evermore we firmly believe that what’s good for the planet is good for our team and our residents which is why we were really keen to get Astley View BREEAM accredited. By working with a specialist team of designers and architects we have managed to create an environmentally conscious and green home that is also comfortable and welcoming for our residents. Somewhere that they can truly call home!

 

 

 

Development of our latest care home – Astley View in Chorley – took a significant step this week with the laying of the final slate celebrated in a ‘topping out’ ceremony – a major milestone which marks the completion of the structure. As the home enters its next phase of construction, we’re excited to begin planning our recruitment drive for a wide variety of roles throughout the home, specialising in Residential and Dementia care we are looking to recruit the care team, lifestyle coordinators, kitchen and housekeeping team.

As the first new care home to be built in Chorley for over 10 years, Astley View’s stylish interiors and state-of-the-art facilities will brush away the cobwebs and break the tired stereotypes around care homes, meaning team members can work and learn in a home containing the latest developments in care home design and technology.

Inside the home, the modern, stylish, and comfortable décor with a calming colour palette will create a relaxing feel. Evermore Care Homes have worked closely with leading health care designers to achieve an outstanding look with high quality fittings and furnishings – building upon the design behind our Lancaster care home Ashton Manor, which in its first year was named one of Carehome.co.uk’s Top 20 Care Home Awards 2021.

An innovative market street concept – complete with cinema, shops, and cafe – alongside dedicated green spaces and gardens help to bring the vibrancy of community into the home with the aim of improving physical and mental function.

Attention to detail and high specifications doesn’t stop with the interiors, Astley View’s technology will play a huge part in helping team members to provide the highest quality care to our residents. For example, acoustic monitoring systems remove the need for residents to be disturbed by nightly safety checks, leading to better quality of sleep which has been linked to improved health, mood, and participation for dementia residents.[1] On our dementia floor we’ve installed circadian lighting which mimics natural daylight and reduces distress during ‘sundowning’. It will undoubtedly have a positive effect on our residents and our team of carers.

Astley’s View’s considered design also gives greater peace of mind to both team and family members. To help prevent falls, carpets throughout the home are seamless and low-thread, and en suite wet rooms feature high-specification assisted-bathing facilities.

Infection control laundry, antimicrobial furniture, and easy-to-clean flooring aims to reduce the spread of germs, with the furniture retaining a tactile faux-suede feel which is beneficial to the sensory needs of dementia patients.

For residents with vision impairment, varied door handles differentiate rooms making it easier to identify where they want to go by the feel of the respective shapes.

These features are just a snapshot of what Astley View has to offer both its residents and employees with the latest in care quality and technology.

Why join Evermore?

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to work in a brand-new state of the art home and enjoy delivering the highest quality of care to our residents. You can also be assured that Astley View’s level of care extends to the environment. The care home has been awarded a BREEAM rating of ‘good’ meaning it has been designed with efficiency and sustainability in mind.

You will also benefit from a wide range of perks including:

  • Access to the Blue Light Card, giving you exclusive discounts from a range of restaurants, retailers, travel agents, and more
  • Medicash health plan, which includes financial cover for health appointments, eye care, and dental care.
  • Career progression opportunities and skills development
  • A great workplace pension scheme.
  • Team facilities including showers, break and training rooms

Interested in taking your career in care to the next level? We’d love to hear from you!

Get in touch at enquiries.astley@evermorecare.com or call us at 01257 444 860

[1] How does dementia affect sleep? | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

Spirits were high this weekend as the residents of Ashton Manor care home in Lancaster celebrated the Queen’s platinum jubilee with a vibrant street party style event. Due to the pandemic this was our first open-house event since we opened in late 2020.

Family members and visitors joined us to take part in the festivities on Sunday afternoon – which included some Great British games from London Bridge is Falling Down to Pin the Crown on the Queen.

For both the children and adults balloon modelling helped to inflate the mood even further, with visitors crafting monarchic masterpieces from crowns to corgis.

It wouldn’t be a jubilee party without some Great British food, so celebrants were treated to classic street party food prepared by our very own chef – with a selection of hot foods, cakes, scones and sandwiches throughout the day.

To mark the momentous occasion, party guests were invited to contribute to a platinum jubilee time capsule, set to be built into the walls of Evermore Care’s new home, Astley View being built in Chorley. Alongside polaroid photographs from the big day, party-goers contributed mementos ranging from royal merchandise to the Sunday paper. Ashton Manor’s residents hope that the time capsule will help to mark this special moment in time for future generations.

Wrapping up the day’s events, friends and family entered a Right Royal Quiz (We’ll announce the winner this week!)

One visitor said: “We’ve had a great day celebrating the Jubilee with my mother. It’s so nice to have events that the whole family can enjoy, and the kids really loved taking part in the games!”

Ashton Manors’ Home Manager Jacky Parkinson said: “It’s so exciting to invite people into Ashton Manor for the first time since we opened at the end of 2020. Most of our residents were alive when the Queen was coronated, so the jubilee event has been great to see them re-live happy moments and create new memories with their loved ones.”

Evermore’s second state-of-the-art care home, Astley View, is set to be completed in early

2023. A commemorative plaque will be placed to mark the location of the time capsule.

Respite care is the term for a short stay in a care home. There are many reasons why someone might become a temporary care home resident, including for recovery from a stay in hospital or times when a caregiver might be away.

Respite care can help to provide flexibility when it comes to looking after your loved ones, allowing carers the peace of mind to be able to take a much needed break. At Evermore, respite care doesn’t have to be a one-off stay. Your loved one will be able to return to a friendly home and familiar faces whenever the need arises.

 

Should I feel guilty for using respite care?

Absolutely not! As Carers UK points out, it’s incredibly important for those who care for their loved ones to take the time to rest. Taking a break can help to prevent carer burnout – mental and physical exhaustion which can lead to symptoms including anxiety, fatigue, and high blood pressure, to name a few.

You may be worried about your loved one’s reaction to the suggestion of respite care. At Evermore, we’d encourage involving your them from the start of the process to help ease both your worries. Why not visit the home together, explore the facilities, and make the stay something to look forward to? Gaye Clarke, our Commissioning Director, has found that respite care can be a great opportunity for residents – as well as carers – to have a valuable break: “it’s a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and try out some new activities and experiences.”

Quite often, respite residents decide to progress to a long-term stay. Some have made the decision after a previous short-term booking, and some have decided to stay during their respite admission. We’ve found that it can feel less daunting for both the resident and their family to make this decision once a short stay at the home has settled any worries. As stated by the wife of one resident, “My husband began 4 weeks respite [earlier in the year]. He settled well, enjoying lots of different activities and the excellent food. As he was happy, we decided he should stay permanently in the best place for him. The staff are all lovely and caring, whilst keeping me informed.”

At Evermore, you can rest assured that your loved one’s needs will be taken care of fully. From medication to mealtimes – those staying for the short-term are given the same exceptional care as full-time residents. As Gaye says, “with our expert carer assessments in place, we can provide the highest quality respite care breaks.”

 

What will a short stay at an Evermore home look like?

Every short-term resident is assigned a named key worker and given their own private bedroom, which they’ll be able to decorate with photographs, mementos, or ornaments that will make the room feel more like home.

The admissions journey is the same for respite residents as it is for those staying long-term. From day one, your loved one will be welcomed into home life – encouraged to socialise with other residents and take part in activities such as quizzes, bingo, and even armchair exercise classes.

No facilities are off-limits to our respite residents, so your loved one can take full advantage – exploring the gardens, visiting the salon, or relaxing in the cinema room. Between all this, they’ll be treated to fantastic food, prepared by our in-house chef.

 

How do I pay for respite care?

Respite care can be paid for directly to the care home. However, there are funding options available for those who qualify for some extra support.

Following a couple of assessments which consider yourself and your loved one’s circumstances, your local council may help to pay for respite care if you are found financially eligible for funding.

Charities including the Carers Trust and Turn2us may also be able to help.

The NHS website has some great resources on respite care payment options, as well as links to the assessments you’ll need to undertake if you choose to pursue council funding.

 

Interested in respite care?

If you’re considering a short-term stay for your loved one, why not book a visit to one of our homes? You can also take a look at what our residents are getting up to over on our Facebook page.

If you’d like to understand more about respite care, read our full Q & A with Evermore’s Commissioning Director Gaye Clark.

Why Choose a Career in Care?

Working in care is a fulfilling role which can come with many benefits – both in the short and long-term. If you’re considering a career in care, read on to find out more about the types of roles available, and how working at an Evermore Care Home can help you reach your potential.

Looking for a role that providers job satisfies?

It’s no secret that working in care can be incredibly rewarding. The role comes with high job satisfaction as you’ll make a real difference to the lives of people who need care every day. As well as this, care is a social role where you can build relationships with a diverse group of people and get to know care home residents and colleagues more and more each day.

Working in care is great for those who appreciate a lot of variety, as there’s never a dull moment – whether it’s laughing with the residents or joining in with activities! Every day is different at an Evermore care home and you’ll be involved with a huge range of tasks from medication to mealtimes, and lots in-between.

Don’t just take our word for, here’s what one of our senior carers had to say:

“There’s no such thing as a typical day at Ashton Manor, every day is different, which is part of the reason why I love working here.”

Our flexible working opportunities also provide an alternative to the normal 9-5, meaning you’ll be able to fit your career around your home-life and other commitments.

Does care work offer career development?

The care sector is a great choice for those who want the opportunity for career progression and with Evermore, we really want you to develop your skillset, for example, by training in particular areas (such as dementia care).  Working together, we will help you focus your career progression with us to align with your interests and skills.

At Evermore, we believe in investing in our team’s development and offer consistent mentoring and support on the job. Not only will we help you to develop your skills and access opportunities across our services, we’ll also help you to achieve relevant qualifications (including the Care Certificate and the NVQ) and pay for professional membership fees if it’s applicable for your role. Head here to read about our Workforce Development Strategy.

What types of roles are there in the care sector?

Evermore Care Homes recruit a variety of care positions, from care assistants to lifestyle coordinators who organise the curriculum of activities and events for residents, to senior carers, managers, and deputy managers. Care roles are available for both days and nights – perfect for both early birds and night owls.

And it’s not just care related opportunities at our homes, we also have a wide range of roles that suit lots of different skills and backgrounds. For example, positions like head chef, cook, and kitchen assistant are available for those with a background in food preparation.

With other roles including housekeeping, maintenance, laundry assistants, and reception, so there’s something for everyone.

What are the financial benefits of working in care with Evermore?

Amongst the most notable benefits of working in care is access to the Blue Light Card, which allows you to obtain exclusive discounts from a mass of popular retailers, including shops, restaurants, travel agents, and more.

At Evermore, we’re proud to offer Medicash health plans to team members, which include a range of benefits including financial cover for health appointments, eye care, dental care and more.

Team members at Evermore also have access to a great workplace pension scheme, which can help provide peace of mind for the future.

Head here to view the full range of benefits available to our team.

How do I find out more?

Interested in working in care with Evermore? We’d love to hear from you, even if it’s just to have a chat about how a role at one of our homes could be a great place for you to work!

Evermore Care currently has vacancies at Ashton Manor – our care home in Lancaster. Head here to view available roles and submit your application.

Involving Children in a Visit

If you’re considering moving your loved one into a care home, one area that you may be worried about is the best way to keep the strong bonds between your children and their elderly relative. At Evermore, we’re always delighted to welcome children into our care homes and recognise the benefits that visiting children can have on our residents.

Why is it important for children to visit?

Data shows that retirees and children are becoming increasingly segregated, despite research showing the numerous benefits of children and elderly relatives spending time together. Aside from building crucial family bonds, intergenerational communication has been shown to improve confidence in both children and their older relatives. For the elderly in particular, children bring an uplifting energy which can increase motivation, improve wellbeing, and lead our residents to feel more willing to take part in activities.

For those who require dementia care, the results can sometimes be even more dramatic. The presence of children can counter-balance the low self-esteem that those with dementia may experience. In an interview in The Guardian in 2018, Ali Somers, co-founder of Apples and Honey – a nursery purpose-built into the grounds of a care home, said “There’s something about having children on site which makes residents feel more human and gives them permission to care about others. It boosts their confidence and feeling of self-worth.”

How can children get involved with a visit?

At Ashton Manor – our care home in Lancaster – children are always welcome to visit their elderly relatives. Families have the benefit of using our on-site tea room where they can enjoy hot drinks, biscuits, cakes, and juice are always on offer! For a more personal get-together, visits are also welcome to take place in your loved one’s private room.*

Our cinema room is another a great way to keep the children entertained and involve the whole family in a joint activity.

We also host a number of events throughout the year that children and their families can take part in and join in the fun with the residents.

At Evermore, we’ve seen how visits from grandchildren really lifts the mood of our residents and causes our resident’s faces to light up. They love chatting and interacting with the children, and our team members often note that it seems to have a great effect, especially amongst those with dementia.

Look out for our Events

Our next event is a special Jubilee celebration on June 3rd. Why not bring the children to get involved with a range of activities we’ll be hosting throughout the day.

Look out for updates over on our Facebook page.

 

*Please note that visitors to private rooms are limited to 2 people whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing.

Getting Involved with Life at the Home

At Evermore, we understand the importance of creating a varied and cheerful lifestyle for our care home residents. That’s why we have dedicated lifestyle coordinators to ensure that your loved one’s individual interests are met.

Why are activities important?

There are many reasons why regular activities are important to a resident’s wellbeing – the most apparent being to provide structure and avoid boredom, which can in turn lead to feelings of depression. On similar lines, activities which encourage socialising with other residents can help to prevent loneliness. Physical health can also be aided with activities such as dancing, gardening, or games.

For those who require dementia care, regular activity is even more crucial as some dementia patients may withdraw from socialising, often due to low self-esteem. Studies also suggest that some activities — such as puzzles or storytelling — may help to reduce a decline in cognitive function.

What activities do we offer?

Our dedicated team of lifestyle co-ordinators ensure there’s never a dull moment in our homes. At Ashton Manor – our care home in Lancaster – residents can attend regular activities including bingo (with prizes!), quizzes, and board games. In addition to the regular schedule, our residents have also been enjoying armchair exercise classes, sing-alongs, and craft sessions including “Knit and Natter”.

One resident’s daughter commented, “I can’t believe the change in mum. She looks so well and is taking part in so many different activities, some that she hasn’t done in years.”

To ensure everyone’s passions are met, your loved one can request activities using suggestion boxes within the home. There are also regular meetings where residents can review recent sessions and suggest improvements.

How we tailor to your loved one’s individuality

Although we make sure that activities are based on resident requests and feedback, your loved one may wish to explore an interest outside of the group. In these cases, residents are given one-to-one sessions to develop their passions with a member of the lifestyle team.

We also offer reminiscence work for residents with dementia. In these sessions, a team member will help a resident go through old photographs or recall information – such as memories from an old job – with the aim to improve mental wellbeing.

As noted by a member of the lifestyle team, “it’s all about getting to know residents and what they like and working with that.”

Get in touch

If you’re considering moving your loved one into care, why not book a visit to one of our homes?

You can also see more of what our residents are getting up to over on our Facebook page.

Do you want to know more about how to finance care?

If you’re considering residential, dementia or respite care for yourself or your loved one, you may be worried about the financial costs and arrangements. The funding process can be confusing, but thankfully there are plenty of resources out there to help you. Here are some useful links we’ve picked out to help you find out more about paying for care. 

Age UK – Financial assessment and contributions 

The Age UK website addresses the core financial worries many people have when they’re considering moving their loved one into care. 

This article explains the financial assessment – a process which works out how much you contribute to the cost of care. A handy table helps to break down the fees in relation to your loved one’s assets.  

Age UK also addresses the worries you might have about the possibility of your loved one having to sell their home. 

Carehome.co.uk – NHS funding 

If you or your loved one have certain health needs – such as living with dementia – you may be able to get your care paid for in full through a package of care known as NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC). This page details the eligibility requirements and walks you through the process for assessment. 

NHS – Paying for respite care 

Respite care is the term for a temporary stay at a care home for situations where the family expects to be away for a short while, for example going on holiday.  

Respite care can also be helpful for those who feel they need a break from caring for their loved one. It’s important to remember that taking breaks is crucial when it comes to caring for the person you love. 

The NHS website offers great resources on how to pay for respite care. 

If you’d like to understand more about respite care, take a look at our Q & A with Evermore’s Commissioning Director Gaye Clark.  

Talk to us 

If you have any questions about funding care or need further support, please get in touch with the team at Ashton Manor, our care home in Lancaster, and we’d be happy to help talk though the different options with you.