Find A Care Home To Match Your Care Needs

In choosing Care accommodation, consider the age of the person and the type and degree of care needed. Social Services can provide advice and guidance on choosing a suitable care home. In some cases, people are eligible for financial support towards the cost of their care home placement, this will be established following a financial assessment arranged by Social Services. See Residential care costs

It may be helpful to visit more than one care home before making a decision. All care homes in England have to be inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), where you will be able to find the latest inspection report for the care home you like. When you have found residential care provision you like, the care provider will meet with you and your family to assess your support needs. This will ensure they can provide care in a way, which is right for you.

Adult Day Care Centres / Care Homes Providing Day Care

Day Care Centres are available for a wide range of people in every community who have the desire to enjoy a day out, share a cooked lunch or just join in the activities of centres with the opportunity to spend quality time with others.

Day care is not only available in a traditional adult day care centre setting but can be offered within a care home environment, a good care home will provide an activities organiser who will provide a range of different activities. Research suggests that by attending a day centre can prevent symptoms of depression with people often complaining of feeling lonely and isolated. An adult day care centre offers friendship and stimulation which cannot always be found at home. Members have many opportunities to contribute to the life of the day centre, through activities that encourage self-esteem and self-fulfilment. Some places are allocated following an assessment of needs by social care services.

Residential Care Home (Care homes without nursing)

These care homes provide either short or long-term residential accommodation. Residential care is usually sought by people who can no longer be supported in their own home over a 24-hour period.

You can expect a selection of services, which may comprise-
  • 24-hour support
  • Assistance or supervision with getting in and out of bed
  • Assistance with personal care including washing and dressing
  • Bathing which may include the use of equipment
  • Assistance to manage toileting needs including bladder and bowel incontinence
  • Choice of Meals and special diets catered for
  • Safe and comfortable environment
  • Assistance and supervision during the night
  • Company and companionship
  • Activities and outings organised

Nursing Home (Care homes with nursing)

Nursing Homes supply the same level of care as residential homes with the addition of 24-hour professional registered nursing care services. These homes provide nursing care for persons suffering from sickness, injury or infirmity who need the care of a qualified nurse.
It is important to choose a care home that will support your loved one, however, degenerative their ailment is. Some homes have a policy of providing care up to a certain level of need. Others provide End of Life Care.

A person needing nursing care may meet one of the following criteria-
  • Needing professional nursing observation assessment/review at frequent unpredictable intervals within a 24 hour period
  • Risk of deterioration without constant professional nursing observation
  • Extremely immobile and needs prevention/treatment of pressure sores
  • In need of frequent daily attention to their personal care needs of a nature only a professional nurse can supply e.g. certain feeding techniques such as a peg feed.
  • Undergoing treatment, which may only be administered or monitored by a professional nurse in constant attendance.
  • High level and complex needs in respect to mental health problems such as dementia

Close Care / Retirement Villages

This is an extension to Sheltered Housing with providing care and support, if needed, from the adjoining Care Home. This is a new concept and becoming more widely available.

The advantages are –
  • Retention of independence
  • Reassurance of 24-hour care available
  • Communal facilities of the Care Home may be available
  • Meals supplied if required
  • Domestic help available
  • Moving into the Care Home if necessary

Dementia Care Homes (EMI)

The nature and degree of dementia symptoms and behaviour will determine whether a person needs a residential or nursing home placement. Most care homes can offer support and care for people with mild memory problems. However, when the level of care needed is complex, including some challenging behaviours such as physical and verbal aggression nursing care is usually required. Nursing homes specialising in dementia care have specialist Registered Mental Health Nurses on duty 24hrs a day. Every home, which is registered to care for people with dementia, is required to meet certain standards of care and provide on-going training to their staff.

Dual Registered Care Homes

These care homes are registered to take both residential and nursing care residents. The advantage of moving into this type of care home should a person's condition deteriorate and requires nursing care it often prevents having to move from your familiar surroundings and the carers who you have got to know.


Hostels provide short-term housing with the aim of encouraging independence while supporting your needs. Workers include nurses, social workers and mental health support workers.
You will need to have a community care assessment to get a place at a hostel. You may have to pay but there is a means test to determine this

Home Care / Domiciliary Care

This Care provision supports a person in his or her own home. This may comprise one or more care workers or nurses. Often this type of care is arranged through an agency service or local authority. It is a service helping people keep their independence in the comfort of their own home. Domiciliary Care provides help with preparing meals, dressing and other personal help.

Respite & Convalescent Care Homes

This is short-term care service usually in a care home environment, but sometimes at home with the help of professional carers.
  • To have a break or give the carer a break
  • As a taster to see whether they would like to make it more permanent
  • After a stay in hospital - while they are waiting for somewhere more permanent, or as a half-way house between hospital and their home.

Sheltered housing

This is typically a complex comprising self-contained flats or bungalows, with the support of a warden / manager who ensures the welfare of the residents. They are suitable for more independent people who do not need care facilities, meals or nursing support. (In some cases support with a limited amount of personal care can be arranged separately so it is wise to check with the wardens if this help is needed)

The advantages for residents are-
  • Retention of independence
  • Regular contact with the warden
  • All maintenance is undertaken
  • Emergency call system in the property
  • There may be communal facilities
  • In most cases there is chargeable accommodation for relatives to us on visits.

Extra Care Housing

This is an extension to Sheltered Housing whereby residents can own or rent a flat or property with 24-hour care according to personal needs. This type of development is fairly new and gaining in popularity. The disadvantage is the possibility of not being a home for life due to changing health conditions.

However, the advantages are-
  • Retention of independence
  • 24-hour support and nursing care available
  • Own front door
  • A restaurant or meals provided
  • Added services i.e. launderette available

Supported Living Homes

Supported living homes enable people with learning disabilities to live in their own homes as an alternative to shared residential care. Some individuals, including those with the most complex needs, have support in their own homes, using detailed planning and focused personal assistance.

Some of the benefits of supported living would include:
  • It provides a proper home for people to live in.
  • It offers more choice for people.
  • It gives people more responsibility to live independently.
  • It can be matched more closely to what people need.
  • It uses local housing and services so people can live close to their family and friends.

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