Residential care and nursing homes

There are advantages and disadvantages for residential care homes and nursing homes.

The advantages are:

  • They usually have 24-hour staffing and staff can help with things like washing and dressing.
  • There will be other people around you for company.
  • You probably do not have to worry about shopping, or cleaning as these will be provided for you.

The disadvantages are:

  • You do not get so much money in your pocket.
  • You can be asked to leave at quite short notice (usually 28 days) as the housing rules are different in care homes.
  • You do not choose who you live with. 
  • You do not choose which organisation gives the care and support – the accommodation and care comes as a ‘package’