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West Sussex County Council backs national #CareAware campaign

West Sussex County Council backs national #CareAware campaign

The county council is endorsing the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest campaign ‘#careaware’ to make sure people know what to look for when choosing care.

A new survey carried out for the CQC reveals choosing care for yourself or a relative is one of the biggest sources of stress compared to other events in your life.

To help people make an informed choice, the county council has a checklist of the areas to consider when looking at a care home or package of care and urges everyone to plan ahead as much as they are able to. It includes the following advice:-

  • Check the current CQC rating and reports
  • Confirm a registered manager is in place
  • Make sure a care plan can be changed to adapt to your needs and preferences
  • Be aware of how to raise a concern or make a complaint
  • Understand costs
  • Assess whether current residents are involved and content
  • Consider whether  staff appear caring and attentive

Please help share the checklist advice and CQC’s campaign messages which include three videos which highlight people’s own experiences of looking for care.

Find out more at www.westsussex.gov.uk/careguide where you can also access the checklists or visit www.westsussexconnecttosupport.org

CQC ratings can be found at www.cqc.org.uk

Join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CareAware