Care homes are for when you can no longer live independently in your own supported, extra care, or retirement housing.
Support choosing the right care home
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. 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 good advice about choosing the right care home.
Quality of care
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. They regularly inspect homes to make sure they are meeting national standards.
You may also be interested in Healthwatch Kent, an independent organisation which champions the views of patients and social care users across Kent.