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Care homes

Image showing a woman listening to an older woman in 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.

Nursing homes

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.

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.

A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of adult social care PDF | 749.53 KB

We explain our new approach in detail in our handbooks for adult social care providers.