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Types of Care Home

Looking for a care home?



If you are looking for a care home for a relative, information can be found regarding individual care homes on the Care Quality Commission website, as well as the Care Homes Finder on the NHS Choices website.

What is a Residential Care Home? 








Residential care homes offer care and support both day and night. Staff assist with:

  • personal care
  • bathing
  • support at mealtimes
  • moving around
  • accessing the toilet


Care Homes with Nursing


Care homes with nursing offer the same type of care and support as Residential  Care Homes, but with the addition of twenty four hour Registered Nursing support.

 If you or a relative has been assessed as needing nursing care, then the NHS will pay a contribution towards your care. This is known as Funded Nursing Care.

Some people may be eligible for Continuing Healthcare Funding if they are assessed as having a primary health need. For further information on Continuing Healthcare please click here.

Age UK Introduction to Care Homes

Click here for a useful guide to the benefits and grants available to pensioners

Click here for lots of information on grants available to help with the cost of buying a stair lift and making other home adaptations. The page gives the Disabled Facilities Grant contact information for every council.





Quality and Safety Standards

By law all care homes are responsible for meeting national standards of quality and safety.

  • You can expect to be respected, involved and told what’s happening at every stage
  • You can expect care, treatment and support that meets your needs
  • You can expect to be safe
  • You can expect to be cared for by staff with the right skills to do their jobs properly
  • You can expect your care home to routinely check the quality of its services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for monitoring, inspecting and regulating care homes to make sure they meet safe, effective, compassionate and high quality standards of care. The CQC produces information and leaflets, which inform you of the standards you should expect from a care home and what to do if a home is not meeting those standards

Continuing healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of services which is arranged and funded by the NHS for people outside hospital with ongoing health needs. Continuing Healthcare applies in any setting, including your own home or in a care home as long as you meet the national criteria.

Click here for more information on continuing healthcare.

BEACON – a navigational toolkit to help people through the continuing healthcare assessment and review process, consisting of three guides; one for assessments, one for appeals and one explaining the legal background to the continuing healthcare policy.