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Is a care home right for you?

Care homes may be an option if you can't manage at home and other housing options are not right for you. However they are not the right choice for everyone. You will get support and perhaps some companionship, but you are likely to give up some independence. There will be compromises about what you can do and when, compared to living in your own home.

We have found that many people go into a care home before they need to. This means that they might spend much more money, often life savings. If you move into a care home funded from your savings, there may come a time when you can no longer afford to stay there and you may need help from the council. If this happens we might be able to help, but we have a limit on how much we will pay for a care home place. This means that you might not be able to continue to stay in the care home of your choice.

Therefore it is important to consider all care and support options before making a decision.

Choosing a care home

Choosing to move into a care home is a big decision. Before making a commitment, you should make sure you have looked at the alternatives. With the right help and support, many people can live safely and independently in their own home.

Find help to meet your needs

Care Home Selection is an independent and free service to help people find CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered home carers and care home availability in your area.  They will also support you to arrange self-funded packages of care.  0800 008 7193.

What to think about

Care homes may be an option if you can't manage at home and other housing options are not right for you. However they are not the right choice for everyone. You'll get support and perhaps some companionship, but you're likely to give up some independence. There will be compromises about what you can do and when, compared to living in your own home.

It's important to find a care home that is right for the person who is going to live there. We suggest you always visit the care homes you are considering before making a final choice. You can often ask for a trial stay to see what you think.

Type of home

You need to decide whether residential care or nursing care is suitable:

  • residential homes provide living accommodation, meals and personal care if required
  • nursing homes provide the same services plus nursing care (medical)

Some homes provide specialist care for dementia, mental health conditions or physical disabilities.

Checklists

These checklists provide a list of important things to think about:

Standard of care

All care providers in the country must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC inspects services looking at the quality and safety of the care provided. The inspection reports are available from the care home or the CQC website.

Care homes in your area

The Care Services Directory has details of residential and nursing homes available in your area (the Care Services Directory is available as a PDF or an ebook).

Care home costs

Most people will have to pay something towards the cost of their care.

We have information about paying for residential care.

Care Home Selection is an independent and free service to help people find CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered home carers and care home availability in your area. They will also support you to arrange self-funded packages of care.  0800 008 7193.