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Care homes

Care homes

Information about care homes

If you think you may need to move in to a care home, ask your local social work department to assess your care needs to establish whether you qualify for free personal and nursing care.

For other care home costs, your local council will calculate what you need to pay towards your care home fees depending on the income and savings you have.

You can find detailed guidance in our series of care home leaflets.


Choosing a care home

If you need information about choosing a care home, contact your local council or see the Care Inspectorate’s website for details of registered care services and inspection reports.

Before you move

Finding out as much as you can about a care home will help you to make an informed choice about where to live. Download and read our free guides to find out things you should consider when choosing a care home.


Living in a care home

Living in a care home

These guides are for people who are considering, or have already moved into a care home. We also have a guide specifically for friends and family of people moving into a care home.


Care home funding

Want to find out more about care home funding?

Download and read our free guide about care home funding today.


Care home contract

The Scottish Government has worked with a number of partners, including Age Scotland, to produce a Care Home Contracts guide for people who are paying for their own care. It includes information about your consumer rights and a checklist of things you should know before signing the contract.

Do you want to know more about care home contracts?

Download and read our free guide.

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Order copies of our publications

You can download our guides using the links on this page. To request copies, which will be posted out to you for free, you can use our online publications order form or call the Age Scotland Helpline (0800 12 44 222 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

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