Care homes and continuing health care

Finding a care home

When choosing a care home, it is important to make sure that you choose one that will be right for you now and in the future.

Care homes are run by a variety of organisations, including private firms, voluntary sector organisations and local councils.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) allows you to search for all registered care homes in a particular area. All care homes should be registered with the CQC, an organisation appointed by the government to monitor the standards of care provided. The CQC visits registered homes regularly to inspect the facilities and the standard of care, and writes a report about the home which is published online. This means that you can find out what a home is like and what services it offers, and decide if it's the right one for you. The CQC has produced a leaflet about the standards of care you can expect from a care home.

Arranging a move to a care home

You can approach most homes directly to organise your own care. You may be eligible for financial support from the Council to move to a care home; this will be decided following an assessment of your needs.

You can visit our section on paying for a care' for advice on how you might pay for a move to a care home.

There is usually a six-week trial period after you move into a care home, to make sure that it is the right place to meet your needs, and that you are happy there. If during this period you decide that it's not suitable for you, you can consider other options.

Other information and advice

You can visit our page on Choosing a care home.

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