Residential homes

Residential care homes aim to provide the care and attention you would receive at home from a caring relative. Staff help with personal care such as getting up, washing, dressing and going to the toilet.

There are a range of homes available, some specialising in looking after people with certain conditions, such as dementia. Meals are provided and there are often outings and other activities. However they can’t provide medical care, so if you have a condition or illness which requires care from a qualified nurse you should look at moving in to nursing home instead.

If you think you, a relative or someone you care for might need residential care home support we can arrange for a social care needs assessment to identify your needs and the support required. Contact Care Direct on 0845 1551 007 or email

Moving into a home is a huge decision and it is important to do as much research as you can. Even if you don’t have a lot of choice in the home you move into, make sure you ask questions about the services that are important to you. More information about choosing a care home, including a checklist you can print out, is available from Age UK.

Some care homes are registered as both residential and nursing homes and are known as dual registration homes. You may want to consider a dual-registration home if you have a condition which may deteriorate in future, as this would mean that you don’t need to move. A dual-registration home also means that a couple with different needs can live together.

All care homes are registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC has a care home directory where you can view inspection reports.

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