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Care homes

Service provider?

You'll find information for people who run or work at care homes in our Guidance for providers section.

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.

Find out about how we monitor, inspect and regulate care homes.


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