You and your family can start searching for an appropriate facility and put your name on the waiting list before the ACAT/ACAS approval. The search may take a while, so it truly is “the sooner the better”.
The first step to finding a facility is to think about what area you want to live in.
The next step is to make a list of the facilities in that area and narrow it down to a short-list of ones they want to find out more about. They can then make appointments to visit these facilities.