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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 important decisions and choices. This section will help you to gather information and ask the right questions before making your decision.

Decisions and choices

You may be thinking about moving into a care home because you're finding it difficult to cope at home. 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.

Directly Provided Services - residential 

West Sussex County Council's Directly Provided Services offer a range of residential services. The care and support offered is high quality and tailored to what the person needs.  

Residential services for people with learning disabilities.

Residential service for people with dementia.

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 available
  • 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 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 August 2023