Choosing a care home
We explain how to shortlist suitable care homes in your chosen area and how to find out as much as possible to ensure your loved one’s needs are met.
Finalising your choice of care home
Prepare yourself with questions to ask when choosing a care home, find out about fees, and consider the general feeling of the home.
Care home contracts
In this article we explain what should be in a good care home contract, who is involved in the contract and what to do if you spot any problems.
Questions to ask about care home contracts
Our checklists provide questions to ask about care home contracts, from deposits and fees, changes to the terms of service provision and leaving the care home.
Care homes in the UK
Learn about care home providers, registered care homes and specialist support in care homes.
Residential care homes
Learn about what is provided at a residential care home, how to find care homes near you and what life might be like in a care home.
Nursing homes care for older people who can no longer look after themselves and need nursing care. We explain how much they might cost and how to find a suitable home.
When should you consider a care home?
If your loved one can no longer live alone, a care home move may help. Residential care homes give personal care; nursing homes have an on-site nurse.
Pros and cons of care homes
We look at the practical benefits of care homes, including safety and 24-hour help, and at the potential downsides, too.
Quality and regulation of care providers
National regulators check care providers in the UK: we explain who they are, their minimum standards and the process of care service inspections.
Dealing with problems in care home contracts
It’s important to know what to do if there are any problems with your care home contact – and how to pre-empt any issues that may arise.
LGBT: making the best care home decisions for you
How to find a care home that works for you if you’re lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans. If you’re worried about being treated differently, know that the law is on your side.
Finding a care home for someone who doesn't speak English
Researching care home options for a non-English speaker may be a challenge – here’s our advice on how to overcome it.
Explore the options for paying for a care home: local authority funding, paying for yourself or NHS support.
We explain how you can pay for your care, what happens if your money runs out and getting financial advice.
Government funding might be available to help pay for a care home. We explain the means test and other rules.