This topic should be used in relation to that on Admission to the Home.

A trial visit is an opportunity for a prospective resident to see if a home is suitable for them. A common trial period is between four and six weeks. The terms and conditions of the trial period should be written into the person’s agreement as a separate issue.

Ample opportunity should be given for a prospective resident to assess the home and for the home to assess the prospective resident. The trial period should be viewed as a provisional period by both sides, during which the new resident can get the feel of the home and find out whether or not it will be able to meet their needs and whether or not they will be happy there.

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