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Our coordinators find CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered home carers and care home availability in your area. Our service is always free and independent.

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Nursing homes

You may be trying to find a nursing home for a loved one if they require a higher level of support than can be provided in a residential home. All care homes provide residential and personal care. A care home with nursing care is defined as a facility where there is always a qualified nurse on site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


 Your relative will need a care home with nursing care if, within a 24 hour period, they require:


Medication by injection every 24 hours


Artificial/PEG feeding.


The management and help with complex prostheses or walking supports ie unable to weight bear at all.


Nursing care for people confined to a bed.


Intensive rehabilitation following surgery, stroke or complex illness


Physical and pain therapies.


Palliative care for cancer.

One of the major differences between care homes with nursing care compared with those without, is in staff numbers. There will be far more staff per resident in a care home with nursing care to reflect the fact that residents need more frequent support with daily tasks and have more complex needs.

Your relative may have had an assessment of care needs, which will include guidance on whether they require a care home with or without nursing care. Sometimes those paying for their own care have not had this assessment. Alternatively, the assessment may take some time and you have started the search for care without knowing whether you require nursing care.

Of course, the choice of care home is a very personal one. Some people may have physical health needs which mean they require a care home with nursing skills, but don’t need mental health or dementia support.. They may benefit from a care home which caters for both nursing and non-nursing patients, as this facility is likely to have a wider range of activities than a care home focused on nursing care alone. This type of dual-purpose facility may also be the best choice if a husband and wife both need a care home, with perhaps one requiring nursing care and the other having less intensive needs.

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Our advisers are available to speak and meet during evenings and weekends and can liaise directly with patients and their family members. We assess and shortlist care options that best meet the patients’ clinical needs and personal preferences. We also advise on fees, government financial thresholds and social services.


We’ve arranged care for over 45,000 families


If you would like us to find suitable care options in your area now, we need to ask you a few questions about the person requiring care.

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