Moving into a care home

At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with the decision of whether or not to move into a care home. For some, making that move may be as a result of illness or a fall, whereas others may start to need extra support more gradually. No matter the circumstance, moving to a care home can be an emotional time for both residents and their loved ones.

Making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful.

Things to consider before moving into a care home

  • What is it that’s making you feel that you need to make changes to the way you live? Is it a lack of social contact, or are you physically not able to do some of the tasks that you want and need to do?
  • Do you want to stay in your own home and get some extra help? There are devices like handrails or stair lifts that might help, or services where people can visit you to help you with daily tasks, like your shopping or cleaning.
  • Do you have a physical or mental need that can only be supported in a care home or do you simply want to downsize and not have to worry about your home, your security or your bills?

Click through our guides below to find out more about moving into a care home

What kind of care do I need?

If you think you, or someone you know, needs care, the first step is to get a care needs assessment from your local council.

What to look for when choosing a care home

We've put together a guide about how to support your loved one with the process of looking for the right care home, funding care costs, some questions you might like to ask when visiting care homes, as well as tips for moving and settling into a new care home.

When is the right time to move into a care home?

Moving to a care home can be an emotional time but making plans early and getting the information and advice you need will help make any changes much easier and less stressful.

How will I finance the care I need?

Arranging care at home or moving into residential care or sheltered housing can be a complex process, but we’re here to help. Below we’ll take you through paying for care, step by step.

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What type of care do I need?

If you think you, or someone you know, needs to care, the first step is to get a care needs assessment from your local council. Read more about the assessment in our guide.

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When is the right time to move into a care home?

Arranging care at home or moving into residential care or sheltered living can be a complex process, but we're here to help. Below we'll take you through paying for care, step by step.

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What to look for when choosing a care home: questions to ask and how to prepare

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