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Residential care homes

Find out more about residential care homes and how to find one that meets your needs.

With care and support, you can stay in your own home and live independently. But, if you're finding it difficult to live in your own home you may choose to move into a residential care home. 

Residential care homes aim to offer the same care and attention as a relative or carer at home. The staff support and help you with your needs and goals and encourage your independence. Residents get all their meals provided and can enjoy outings and activities.

There are a range of homes available with some specialising in:

  • certain age ranges
  • health conditions such as young people with learning disabilities
  • older people with frailty

Residential homes cannot provide nursing care. If you need care from a qualified nurse, you should think about moving into a nursing home instead. 

Some care homes are both residential and nursing homes. You may want to about this type of home if you have a condition that may get worse in the future. This would mean that you don’t need to move. Homes like this also mean that a couple with different needs can live together.

If you or someone you know may need care in a residential home, we can help. You can get a social care assessment to find out what you need.

Find a residential care home

Moving into a care home is a big decision. It is important to do as much research as you can. Make sure you ask questions about the services that are important to you.

Find a residential care home

The UK Care Guide has a short video guide on the five key things to consider when finding a care home.