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Care homes

Moving into a care home, or choosing one for a loved one, can feel daunting. We're here to help you make the best choice for you, with tips on how to find a good care home and advice on paying for it.

Care homes provide accommodation and personal care for people who need extra support in their daily lives. Personal care might include help with eating, washing, dressing, going to the toilet or taking medication. Some care homes also offer social activities such as day trips or outings.

Care homes are sometimes referred to as residential homes. You might have heard the term 'residential care' used for the care they give people.

Types of care home

There are specialist types of care home, and a number of alternatives to care homes available.

Where do I start in arranging care?

The first step to getting care, whether you need home adaptations, home care or a care home place, is to get a care needs assessment from your local council.


We're here to help

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 055 6112. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 140 local Age UKs.

 

Last updated: Jul 17 2018

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