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Support for adults

Nursing homes

Nursing homes provide similar personal care and services to residential homes. They also specialise in caring for people suffering from sickness, injury or infirmity – the kind of care that requires the skills of a qualified nurse. Nursing homes must have a qualified nurse on duty 24 hours a day.

If you think you, a relative or someone you care for might need nursing home support we can arrange for a social care needs assessment to identify your needs and the support required. Contact Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or email

Moving into a home is a huge decision and it is important to do as much research as you can. Even if you don’t have a lot of choice in the home you move into, make sure you ask questions about the services that are important to you. More information about choosing a care home, including a checklist you can print out, is available from Age UK.

Some care homes are registered as both residential and nursing homes and are known as dual registration homes. You may want to consider a dual-registration home if you have a condition which may deteriorate in future, as this would mean that you don’t need to move. A dual-registration home also means that a couple with different needs can live together.

All care homes are registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC has inspection reports for all registered care homes and help with using the information. CQC inspection reports for our in-house services are available here.

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