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Residential and nursing care homes

If you can no longer be safely supported to live at home and are thinking of moving to a care home, you are faced with some very important decisions and choices. This section will help you to gather information and ask the right questions before making your decision.

Decisions and choices

The decision to leave your home and move into a care home is not an easy one. You may be thinking about it because you are finding it difficult to cope at home – perhaps you are becoming frail and need help. It may be that the person who has been caring for you is no longer able to. Wherever possible, care and support services will help you to continue living at home. But, in some cases, it may be that residential or nursing home care is the best option for you.

An woman having a cup of tea with woman in a residential or nursing care home.

Can I choose the care home?

The choice of home is very personal and what suits one person may not suit another. If you are paying for your care, you may choose any home that you can afford to pay for. If we are paying for your place in a care home, you may choose any home as long as:

  • the accommodation is suitable in relation to your assessed needs
  • the cost of your care is not more than the amount specified in your personal budget for accommodation of that type, or if it is more expensive, you or someone else on your behalf agrees to cover the extra cost for the full length of your stay
  • the accommodation is available
  • the provider of the accommodation is willing to enter into a contract with us to provide the care at the rate stated in your personal budget.

When choosing a care home, you should consider what is important to you.

We encourage you to visit several homes so that you can compare them.

You may want to live in a local home to be near family, friends or the local church or health centre.

Last updated: 30 November 2022