There are a number of options available when considering residential care for your loved one. Age UK has published an information guide Housing Options: Different types of housing to suit your needswhich covers all elements of housing to help you and your loved one make an informed decision about housing, including the range of residential care options available.


Facilities in residential care vary depending on the nature of the support they offer, these include care homes, retirement villages, supported living and in-hospital care to mention a few. The different types of residential care are detailed on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.


The Good Care Guide provides a searchable list of  services such as residential homes as well as home care. The site also contains reviews provided by people who have used the service.


Information about charging for residential care and your entitlement to benefits are included on the Carers UK page about Residential or Nursing Care.


Age UK have published a number of factsheets on this area, including ‘Finding care home accommodation’ and ‘Paying for permanent residential care’ which outlines the steps to get help from your local authority, understanding the impact of your savings and capital, benefits and the different accommodation options available.