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Care homes

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.

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 plans for inspecting care homes

Download the document below to find out how we will be inspecting, regulating and monitoring care homes and other adult social care services in the future.

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

Our latest findings

From our Care Update...

Our latest Care Update includes details of how well both residential and nursing homes were meeting standards up until the end of last year. It also includes a section focusing on dementia care.

Residential homes

At the end of last year, there were 12,917 residential homes in England registered with us offering a total of 245,942 beds. This was a very small decrease (0.8 per cent) on the year before.

We saw improvements during 2012 in the proportion of residential homes meeting several key standards...

  • 94 per cent of inspections between April and December 2012 found the homes were protecting people from the risk of abuse (compared with 88 per cent in the whole of 2011/12).
  • 88 per cent of services were found to be giving residents the care and support they need (up from 82 per cent)
  • 79 per cent of inspections found residents got their medicines safely and when they needed them (a rise of five per cent)

Read more in our Care Update: Adult social care section.

Nursing homes

On 31 December 2012, there were 4,675 nursing homes in England offering a total of 218,387 beds. This was a slight (1.4 per cent) increase on the previous year.

There were improvements in key areas during 2012 but some were from a very low base so nursing homes still have a considerable way to go.

  • 88 per cent of inspections between April and December last year showed nursing homes were protecting people from the risk of abuse (compared to 83 per cent in the whole of 2011/12).
  • 82 per cent of services were giving people the care and support they need (an increase of 10 per cent).
  • 82 per cent of nursing homes were supporting their workers through training supervision (up from 76 per cent).

Read more in our Care Update: Adult social care section.