Care Homes – Definitions

There are two types of care home:

Care homes offering personal care only
These are residential care homes. If you are reasonably active, but would like greater security and care, subject to a needs assessment, a care home offering only personal care may be the best option. Personal care includes bathing, feeding, dressing and help with moving and must be paid for if your capital/savings exceed £23,250.

Care homes with nursing
If you think you may need nursing care in a home, you will need to be visited by a social worker or a care manager to work out what care you will need. This visit might be in your own home, or in hospital if you’ve been ill. You will be fully involved in planning your care needs.

If a care home providing nursing care is the best solution for you, your social worker will give you information to help you find a home that meets your care requirements. The cost of the nursing care part of your fees is paid by the NHS to the home directly: the current amount is£110.89 per week. You can contact the Nurse Care Management Teams for your area at your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).