Sometimes people decide to move to a care home when they are in a crisis and cannot work out how to get the help they need to stay at home. Often people who are helped through the crisis can keep living at home with the right support.

Before considering moving into a care home, we recommend you talk with a social worker first, to make sure that all other options have been exhausted that could help you to remain living independently at home, or in other suitable accommodation. If this is no longer possible, moving to a good quality care home may be the best option.

You should always get independent financial advice about the best ways to pay for your care home.

These are the types of care homes:

Residential care homes (care homes without nursing) provide personal care, such as washing, dressing, bathing and assistance with toilet needs, if required. They do not offer nursing care. Some care homes specialise in supporting people who have severe physical disabilities, learning disabilities or autism. These care homes do not normally provide nursing care.

Care homes with nursing provide nursing care 24-hours a day. Usually, people living in these homes will be very mentally and/or physically frail or immobile, and have health care needs that can only be met by a registered nurse. Also, this type of home helps couples who may have different needs to live together in the same home.

Specialised residential care homes are residential homes, only available in Somerset, that specialise with people with a high level of dementia but who do not have nursing needs.

If you have more than £23,250 in income you will need to fund your own care home. If you have less than this, Social Care may be able to help you.

You can find more information to help you on the Somerset County Council website.