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Finding the right care home for you or your loved one can be a tricky issue. There are some key things that you need to think about before taking the next steps.

How do I find a care home in my area?

Once you have a list of local homes visit a few to get an idea of what they’re like. Think of it like buying a house: you need to get a feel for what’s out there before making a decision.

Search online

CareHomeAdvisor is a website where you can search for care homes, and find out how they are rated by the Care Quality Commission, NHS Choices, Your Care Rating, Food Standards Agency and the Health & Safety Executive. It can help you understand your various options and help you make an informed decision.

Search for care homes via CareHomeAdvisor

Ask friends and family

Personal recommendations are also important, so talk to friends or relatives, as they may be able to point you towards a home with a good reputation.

Speak to your local Age UK

What should I look for in a care home?

Our video explains some of the key things to look out for when visiting a care home.

Before you visit, make a list of all the questions you want to ask and all the things you want to look out for – it’s easy to forget things and doing as much research as you can is important. Our care home checklist will help with this.

Care home checklist

Our Care home checklist is a list of the key things to consider when looking for a care home. You can download a copy of the guide and print it to take with you on your visit. You can also call Age UK advice to get a free copy of the guide sent to you.

Care home checklist (PDF 241 KB)

You can read also reviews of care homes from The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

Read care home reviews (via Care Quality Commission)

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Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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