Types of Care at Home

If you're unsure of the type of care you need, allow us to steer you in the right direction so that we can pair you with the right provider.

Residential & Nursing

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Care and support provided by a team in a residential care home. View All Providers


  • Safe and secure

    A safe and secure option for those who are no longer able to live alone or may feel isolated

  • All inclusive charges

    You won't have the effort of making your meals, paying utility bills or maintaining a property; this is all taken care of.

  • 24/7 access to support

    Personal care is available 24/7. This can be reassuring to individuals who may be unsteady on their feet or who need regular help with medication.

  • Couples can stay together

    Many residential care homes have the option to allow couples to stay together.

  • Nursing care included

    Nursing homes can meet extensive support needs and work closely with medical practitioners and associated care professionals to keep you safe.

  • Access to activities of your choice

    Most residential care homes offer a variety of activities to keep you engaged, independent and living a fulfilled life

  • Regulated and inspected Care services

    These services are regulated and independently inspected to ensure that minimum standards are upheld.


  • Transition can be overwhelming

    It can be an overwhelming transition from your own home to a shared space.

  • A large financial commitment

    It can seem expensive but should include all your costs, including 24/7 onsite support.

  • Choose an accessible location for visitors

    Do take time to consider the location of the Care Home you choose so that visiting by friends and family is possible to maintain family bonds and relationships.

  • Shared living arrangement

    As the home tries to suit a variety of needs amongst its residents, the service may not always feel like 'home'.

Home Care Provider

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Care and support in your own home. View All Providers


  • Remain in your own home

    You will remain in your own home

  • Choose the tasks you need help with

    You can choose the time and the tasks that your Care Assistant undertakes at each visit.

  • Family and friends can come and go

    Visits from your friends and family are unrestricted.

  • Can be a cost effective solution

    If a relatively small amount of support is required, home care can be more cost-effective than residential or nursing care.

  • Care covered by a wide team

    A provider will likely have many staff, so you will meet a variety of people and have the reassurance that they will be able to meet your needs should a team member be absent.

  • Regulated and inspected Care services

    They are Regulated and so have to work to specific standards.


  • Shared Accommodation may be sociable

    For more social individuals, other options like sheltered housing, retirement villages and residential care homes may offer more opportunities for socialising.

  • Adjustments may be required to your property

    To remain independent at home, you may need to undertake work on the property, for example, installing a ramp to the front door.

  • Care team may change from time to time

    Your rota may change from week to week, which can be unsettling at first.

Private Care Assistant

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An individual you employ to support you with everyday activities. View All Providers


  • A flexible option

    You may have more flexibility and choice than using a home care provider.

  • May give you more control

    Your service may be more responsive as you manage it directly with the care assistant.

  • Select your Care Assistant

    You can interview and select your care assistant yourself.

  • Typically a cost effective option

    Likely to cost less than using a home care provider.


  • You become an employer

    You are likely to take on the responsibilities of being an employer and the associated legal obligations.

  • You will have to manage the Care Assistant directly

    You might have to manage complaints directly with the care assistant, including their dismissal.

  • Cover is not usually provided

    For example, you could be left without a replacement care assistant if they are on holiday.

Live in Care

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Around-the-clock support in your own home from a carer who lives with you. View All Providers


  • 1-2-1 Care

    You will receive the dedicated attention of the live-in care assistant.

  • Present when you need

    You may find it reassuring to have someone available to help you in your own home when you need them.

  • Continue with your usual activities

    The live-in care assistant should provide you with good company and a range of diverting activities you have chosen.

  • Couples can be supported together

    If you are part of a couple, they should be able to support both of you to remain together in your


  • Take time to find the right person

    Finding the right person that you feel happy to live with 24/7 is important to making live-in care work for you.

  • You retain the overhead costs of your property

    You still have to manage your home affairs and maintenance.

  • Can be relatively costly

    Live-in care can be a costly option, but increasingly, the Local Authority will consider supporting live-in care if eligible.

  • Care Assistant needs their own space

    A separate space is required for the live-in care assistant. They should have their own room for sleeping and resting; ideally, they would also have their own bathroom, but this isn't always possible.