Finding residential care

Types of care home

Care homes provide comfortable accommodation with trained staff on hand to look after your needs day and night. There are two types of care home:

  • Care homes with trained staff who can offer you the same care that you would receive from relatives and friends.
  • Nursing homes which provide the same level of care as care homes but also have trained nurses on duty to provide skilled nursing care when you need it.

How to find or apply to live in a care home

If you or someone you care for is thinking about making a care home your permanent place of residence, contact the Adult Social Care Helpdesk in the first instance. We can talk you through the assessment process and how to choose a care home.

Care Choices: Care and support guide

You can search for care homes according to your needs, for example, by location or whether you require nursing care. The Care and Support Guide is a comprehensive guide to choosing and paying for your care. It contains information on home care, care homes, specialist care and other useful areas.

View the Care and Support Guide online or speak to the Adult Social Care Helpdesk to request a copy.

Do I have to pay?

You may need to make a contribution towards the cost of living in a care home, depending on your financial situation. We will arrange a financial assessment to establish what costs, if any, you will need to pay. We will also make sure you are receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to. See our page for more information.

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