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It's important to find a care home that's right for you or right for the person who's going to live there. If you or the person you're caring for are over 50, you might like to talk to a care navigator about your housing options before making a final decision. They can help guide you through the process. Read more about choosing a long term residential placement for an older person.
We suggest you always visit the care homes you're considering before making a final choice, and you can take along Age UK's checklist of important things to ask the staff. You can often ask for a trial stay to see what you think. The NHS also offer more good advice about choosing the right care home.
If you want to understand the standard of care and quality of life you or your loved one will receive at a particular home, you can ask to see the care home's inspection report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). All care homes must be registered with the CQC, and they regularly inspect homes to make sure they are meeting national standards.