Finding a care home

When you can no longer manage to live at home, moving into a care home may be the best option for you. You may need a financial and care assessment to determine how much you might have to pay towards your care home. It can be a big cost to consider; find out more about paying for your care to see how much you may have to pay.

There are two main types of care homes:

  • residential provides accommodation and personal care, such as help with washing, dressing, and taking medicine. Also, it offers varying degrees of independence for residents, for example, activities and day trips
  • nursing provides accommodation and personal care for people who need additional care and support. Duty nurses provide care for residents, for example, severe learning and physical disabilities, or complex medical conditions that need help from a qualified nurse.

Every care home caters for different care needs, such as:

  • learning disabilities
  • adults with addictions, such as alcohol and drugs
  • dementia
  • physical disabilities
  • mental health 
  • sensory impairment
  • younger adults
  • older people (65+).

Helpful resources

How to find the right care home, provided by Independent Age, will help you look at what to consider when choosing a care home for yourself or a loved one. 

The Island has many private care home providers which are not run by us. View our interactive map or the care choices directory to help you make an informed decision about the care home that is right for you.