What’s the difference between a care home and a nursing home?
Care homes provide support for older people who can no longer look after themselves. Read about residential care homes and nursing homes, and the different services they provide.
When should you consider a care home?
If you can no longer live independently at home, moving to a care home might be the answer. We look at the the pros and cons of moving into a care home, and what to consider before making the decision.
Choosing a care home
We explain how to find and shortlist suitable care homes in your area, and how to uncover key information to ensure your needs will be met.
Questions to ask when choosing a care home
Use this checklist when you’re viewing a care home for the first time. The more information you have, the more confident you’ll feel about making the right choice.
Moving into a care home
Moving into a care home will be a big change. Read our tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Care home contracts
Before deciding on a care home, it’s important to read and understand the contract. Here we explain what should be in a care home contract, with a list of key questions to ask before signing it.
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.
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.
Choosing a care home that reflects your faith
Faith-based care homes are few and far between – if this is important to you but there are no local options, we explore how you might find care that works best for you.
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.
Thinking about care in later life can feel overwhelming but we're here to help you make the best choices.
Explore the options for paying for a care home: local authority funding, paying for yourself or NHS support.
Government funding might be available to help pay for a care home. We explain the means test and other rules.