Finding a care home

A care home provides both accommodation and personal care services to people living in the home.

If you are no longer able to live safely at home, even with extra help, you may think about moving to somewhere that can offer more support.

There are many things to consider when making this decision, including whether or not a care home is the right option for you.

Do you need to move to a care home?

Sheltered housing

Could your needs be met with extra help at home to allow you to stay in your own home or could sheltered housing be a better option?

Sheltered housing consists of self-contained flats with 24 hour support. This allows you to be more independent than living in a care home. Find out more about sheltered housing and whether you would qualify.

Extra care housing

Extra care housing may also be an option if you are aged 55 or over. This is similar to sheltered housing but is suitable for older people who need more care and support. It provides flexible, individually tailored packages of care and support 24 hours a day.

To qualify, you must be:

  • Aged 55 years or over
  • Assessed as qualifying for help from adult social services.

Find out more about who qualifies for help from adult social services and the assessment process.

Further information about finding a care home

You can find support for living independently at home.

Search for residential and nursing care homes.

Contact the adult social care access team: