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Once a potential resident and their representatives have completed their initial research, it is likely that they will have identified a shortlist of care homes in which they are particularly interested. Before making a final decision, they will visit those homes and further engage with you and your staff to decide which home is best for them.
The important, additional information about your home must be given to a potential resident and their representatives when they want or need it, and ‘in good time’ before you make them an offer of a place – this means that it must be provided, at the latest, by the time they agree to have a care needs assessment.
It is at this stage that you may also need to give them more tailored information about your home, too. For example, this may involve:
- Any specific requirements you may have following a discussion about their finances
- Any other special conditions they must satisfy before they can be offered a place
The important, additional information should be easily accessible to people from the start of their research – including on your website. You should also take active steps to provide the information to potential residents and their representatives and do so in sufficient time for them to be able to consider it before they agree to have a care needs assessment. Examples of what information this includes are set out on the following pages.
- Provide the information after the resident has already agreed to have a care needs assessment
- Provide the information just before the resident is asked to sign a contract
- Provide the information after they have already moved in
How your important, additional information should be provided online
Your important, additional information should be easy for people to find and access on your website. For example, it could be provided using either:
- A clearly labelled icon/tab on the home page navigation menu, which takes people to a page where the information is clearly set out; or
- Prominent weblinks on your home page that take a potential resident or their representatives to the important, additional information identified by the CMA
If important, additional information is placed on webpages that can only be found by using an online search facility, or which are otherwise hard to navigate or find, it is unlikely that you will be complying with consumer law and you will need to fix this.
Remember, important, additional information about your home should be given to a potential resident and their representatives earlier in the process – for example, on first contact – if they want or ask for it.