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Care homes for adults

Care is provided either in a residential care home where personal care and meals are provided or in a nursing home where additional nursing care is available as well. It can also be for just a short period of time, known as ‘respite’ care.

If you are considering care homes we may be able to help you explore all the options available to you and help you with the arrangements. We will carry out an assessment of your needs and a service may be provided to meet these needs, depending on whether you meet the criteria.  If you do meet the criteria and the council arranges your place, you have the right to choose which home you go into as long as:

  • a place is available
  • it is suitable for your care and support needs (we will know what these are from the assessment)
  • we can agree a contract with the homeowner to make sure that you are properly cared for
  • it does not cost more than what we usually pay for the type of care you need. If it does, you will have to pay the difference

Finding a care home

Finding a Care Home lists homes that provide personal care and nursing care, gives you pointers as to what to look for in a care home and where to get further help and information. This factsheet will also help people who want to arrange and pay for a place in a care home themselves.

For information on how the council charges for places in care homes, please see our Funding care and support section.

You can get free, independent reports on the quality of local homes and care services from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to help you make an informed choice. For more information phone 03000 616161 or visit their website.

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