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Care homes

Whether you're choosing a care home for a loved one or moving into one yourself, the process can feel daunting. 

We've brought together information and guidance to help you make the best choice for you, including tips on how to find a good care home and advice on paying for it.

Care homes provide accommodation and personal care for people who need extra support in their daily lives. Personal care might include help with eating, washing, dressing, going to the toilet or taking medication. Some care homes also offer social activities such as day trips or outings.

Care homes are sometimes referred to as residential homes. You might have also heard the term 'residential care' used to refer to the care they provide.

Types of care home

There are a number of different types of care home, as well as alternatives to care homes.

Finding a care home

We've brought together things to consider if you've decided that moving to a care home is right for you.

Moving into a care home

It's natural for it to take some time to adjust to a new environment. We've got some tips for helping you to settle in.

Where do I start in arranging care?

The first step to getting any kind of care is to get a care needs assessment from your local council.

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We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 140 local ƹƵs.


Last updated: Dec 20 2022

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