What is a care home?
Care homes offer accommodation and personal care for people who may not be able to live independently. Some homes also offer care from qualified nurses or specialise in caring for particular groups such as younger adults with learning disabilities.
Care home places can be funded publicly but many people pay for their own care.
Types of care home
There are two main types of care homes you can search for on this website - residential and nursing homes. You can use the links below to find the services you need.
Residential care home
- Range in size from very small homes with few beds to large-scale facilities.
- Offer care and support throughout the day and night.
- Staff help with washing, dressing, at meal times and with using the toilet.
This type of home will normally offer the same type of care as residential ones but with the addition of:
- 24-hour medical care from a qualified nurse.
Working with the R&RA
As part of our 'Tell us about your care' partnerships, we work with the Relatives and Residents Association to help us gather information from people who use social care services and report back on how this helps us in our work.
Find out more about the 'Tell us about your care' partnerships.
Our new approach to inspecting care homes
Last year we set out our plans for a new approach to regulating, inspecting and monitoring care homes.
We explain our new approach in detail in our handbooks for adult social care providers.
Our latest findings
From State of Care, our annual, in-depth report on health and social care in England.
- We see many examples of excellent care being delivered up and down the country, which providers can look at and learn from.
- We've also found wide variation in the quality of adult social care. In particular, people in residential (non-nursing) care homes tend to receive better care than those in nursing homes.
- In 2013/14, one in five nursing homes did not have enough staff on duty to ensure residents received good, safe care.
- Good leadership is crucial to delivering high-quality care. Compliance was 10-15% higher for care homes with a registered manager.