Care homes

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Introduction to care homes

Are you considering or looking for a care home?

Get started with our advice pages - which cover everything from understanding care homes, to finding the right home for you.

Care home guides for you

Moving to a care home is a big decision. Our guides can help you decide whether moving into a care home is the right Carehomes guideschoice and how to choose the right one.

opens link in new window Finding the right care home (PDF 1.59 MB)

opens link in new windowCare home checklist (PDF 328 KB)

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Choosing accommodation

If you’re funded by your local authority, what rights do you have to choose which home you live in?

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What should I look for?

What to ask and what to look for when choosing a care home.

Mental capacity

Information around the law when deciding whether people have the capacity to make their own decisions. 
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Paying for care

What help is available?

Our factsheets explain the rules about local authority funding of care and explains what happens if your partner needs residential care in a care home.

How we help: care

Our vision is for all older people to be able to access the help they need to stay well and independent and to live in suitable housing, in age-friendly neighbourhoods, for as long as they want.

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Age UK Advice:
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Are you a carer?

If you are providing unpaid care, we have free information and advice available to support you.

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Are you claiming the right benefits?

Find out what you are entitled to and how to claim.

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