When choosing a care home, it is important to make sure that you choose one that will be right for you now and in the future.
Care homes are run by a variety of organisations, including private firms, voluntary sector organisations and local councils.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) website allows you to search for all registered care homes in a particular area. All care homes should be registered with the CQC, an organisation appointed by the government to monitor the standards of care provided. The CQC visits registered homes regularly to inspect the facilities and the standard of care, and writes a report about the home which is published on the CQC website. This means that you can find out what a home is like and what services it offers, and decide if it's the right one for you.
The CQC have also produced a leaflet about the standards of care you can expect from a care home.
You can also get advice and information to help you make this important decision from a district nurse, a health visitor, your family doctor or your social worker - don't be afraid to ask.
The HousingCare website provides a searchable independent directory of care homes in your area.
If you are using a smart phone or tablet then you can download the free Care Homes app and search for local care homes that will meet your needs. We recommend that you check the most recent inspection report for any home on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website before deciding whether it the the home for you.
Websites such as CareHomes.co.uk and GoodCareGuide.co.uk
invite people to review or rate care homes based on their experiences as residents or relatives or residents - check out the views of others about individual care homes, or share your own experiences.
You can also search for local care homes in our People who can help section.
You may also find it useful to look at this map which shows most of the care homes currently providing support in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. If you see a care home in an area that looks interesting to you you can check the CQC site for more information.
If you live in Kensington and Chelsea then we have produced a list of care homes in the borough.
Once you've identified a few homes that you think might suit you, you will probably want to go and visit them to see what they're like, and meet the home manager, nursing staff and other residents.