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Care homes all have to meet certain minimum standards, but they can still vary widely in the sort of accommodation and facilities that they offer.

Before you start looking for a care home, you should make sure that you have been assessed by the social work department of your local authority, so that you know what care you may need and what help you will be likely to receive towards the cost of the care home.

You should then be able to obtain a list of suitable homes from your local social work department or from The Care Inspectorate, which is responsible for registering and inspecting care homes in Scotland. You are then advised to visit as many homes as you can, to find out which home you are likely to feel happy and comfortable living in.

For more information call the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222 or download our Care Home Checklist.

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Browse our care home guides.

For more information: Call the Age Scotland Helpline on 0800 12 44 222

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