A residential care home provides accommodation, meals and personal care for older people, people with disabilities, or people who are unable to manage at home, for whatever reason.
The level of care varies from home to home, but the government defines it as the kind of care you would receive from a competent and caring relative.
This includes help with:
- toilet needs
- caring for you if you become ill.
However, residential care does not include nursing care.
What is nursing care?
Nursing care homes are similar to residential care homes, but with trained nurses on duty. You might want to consider a nursing home if you or your family member has a condition that needs regular medical attention.
How do I pick one?
The decision to recommend a residential or nursing home will only be made after a social care assessment. If a nursing home is recommended, then we also have to agree to this. You can also consider homes in other local authority areas if your needs will be better met there.
When choosing a home, it is important to make sure that you choose one that will be right for you both now and in the future.
You can get advice and information to help you make this important decision from:
- your social worker or assessor
- a district nurse
- a health visitor
- your family doctor.
You can find a list of the residential and nursing homes on the Care Quality Commission website. The Care Quality Commission is responsible for inspecting all residential homes.