Moving to a care home

A care home is a residential setting where a number of older people live, usually in single rooms, and have access to on-site care services. Homes range in size from small family businesses for 3 residents to complexes with 100 or more. All meals are provided, either in residents’ own rooms or in the dining room, and communal facilities will usually include lounges, activity rooms, a kitchenette for snacks and a garden area. All inclusive costs range from around £300 to £1,000 a week. Hairdressing, chiropody and other services are generally available but charged for separately.

For some older people, moving to a care home is a positive choice. Daily chores become a thing of the past, and care is always at hand. Many care homes offer an excellent service, and the range is wide. A philosophy of supporting frailer older people to regain and maintain independence is gaining ground. Many care homes specialise in caring for older people with dementia, and do so with great professionalism, skill and sensitivity.

On the other hand, most care homes provide only limited private living space – usually a single room, though increasingly with ensuite bathroom. Their focus is on providing personal care, including help with moving around, toileting, bathing, or eating. Some also provide nursing care. In the main, care homes are for older people who need a high level of care, or more frequent attention than a visiting home carer can provide.

What to look for in a care home

Find care homes in your area


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Call to discuss your needs with one of our expert Advisors, or email to request a call back at a time that suits you.

FirstStop can:

  • Advise on all aspects of arranging care in a care home
  • Advise on care specialisms, particularly dementia care
  • Provide detailed information on care homes in your area
  • Provide a copy of our Guide to Finding and Paying for Care in a Care Home
  • In some parts of the country, arrange a meeting with a Care Options Advisor
  • Introduce you to the FirstStop Moving Home Service
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