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If you think that you need more personal care than sheltered housing can give you, moving into a care home could be an option.

Moving to a care home may seem like a big step, but it could offer the opportunity to form new friendships and provide a safe, comfortable place to live.

Care homes are staffed 24 hours a day and all meals are provided. Care homes sometimes provide nursing care too, so make sure what levels of care are provided before you move. 

How you pay for a care home depends on your personal situation. Your local authority social work department may be able to help you to all or part of your fees if your capital and savings are below a certain limit. Help may also be available from the NHS in Scotland if you needs nursing care.

If you are likely to need some financial assistance in paying towards the cost of a care home, you will need to contact the social work department of your local authority to ask for an assessment of your care needs to be carried out.

There is a lot to consider when moving to a care home, and you may find it useful to discuss some of the information on these pages with a relative or friend.

Useful Resources

Browse our care home guides

For more information: Please contact the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222

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