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Care home refusing to take dad back, is this commom?


New member
Oct 15, 2019
my dad has dementia for many years now and is getting frail. He only just about recognises me. He has lived in a dementia care home for 5 years or so since breaking a hip. This event seemed to make him much worse. Dad has been admitted to hospital twice in the last month for not eating, dehydration and chest infection and he is still there now. Big shock today when care home are refusing to take him back because he may aspirate and they say they do not have facilities to manage this. It feels like he’s been evicted from his home and I wondered how common this was.


Registered User
Jul 23, 2017
N Ireland
Hello @Happyanddandy and welcome to TP. I hope you find the forum to be a friendly, informative and supportive place.

Unfortunately it does seem common enough for a Care Home to do this when they cannot cater for new needs. I guess they are implying that nursing care is now required and a Nursing Home is needed. If you have contact with a Social Worker it may be useful to have a word with them.

Now that you have found us I hope you will keep posting as the membership has vast collective knowledge and experience.

It is possible that you may get more replies/advice if you start a new thread in the sub-forum that can be found by following this link

If you follow this next link you will be able to do a search for Homes that provide Nursing Care in your area and that may give you a list to check out https://www.carehome.co.uk/

I wish you and your dad the best of luck.
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Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
hello @Happyanddandy
a warm welcome to DTP
unfortunately it is not uncommon for care homes to assess that they can no longer meet a resident's care needs, so 'give notice' ... and, of course, a hospital admission can be the catalyst to this happening
in some ways, it's better that the home let you know but that doesn't help you with the practicalities

there should be a discharge social worker at the hospital, let them know what your situation is and ask for help
there should also be a dementia Matron, or similar title, so contact them ... the Patient Liaison Service PALS at the hospital will know that hosptal's practices so ought to be able to help too

it might be that the staff at the home know of a local nursing home you could contact, as staff are often in touch with staff in other homes ... if you are able to ask them

and Admiral Nurses may be able to help you as your dad's carer

and do contact your dad's Local Authority Adult Services as they have the duty of care to ensure that the care package agreed for your dad is provided and will certainly have a list of local nursing homes