Residential care homes

Residential homes are often referred to as care homes and provide personal care such as help with getting dressed, washing and other day-to-day tasks. A number of older people live together and are cared for by care workers. Typically people will have their own bedroom which may also have an en-suite toilet.

Some care homes may also be registered to provide nursing care, allowing both older people with medical needs and those who only require some assistance with daily tasks to be residents. However, if you require specific care, like those suffering from dementia, whilst some residential care homes may be able to manage those care needs, there are also dedicated dementia care homes.

For more information about the cost of residential care homes, please visit our Care Home Fees  page. Alternatively use our cost of residential care calculator  to see the average cost of care in your local area.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) and Care home adviser websites are excellent places to both search for care homes and to check the quality of care provided.

Check your Local Authority entitlements to find out if you’ll have to contribute towards some or all of your care costs.