Paying for residential care - is a care home right for you?
Care homes may be an option if you can't manage at home and other housing options are not right for you. However they are not the right choice for everyone. You will get support and perhaps some companionship, but you are likely to give up some independence. There will be compromises about what you can do and when, compared to living in your own home.
We have found that many people go into a care home before they need to. This means that they might spend much more money, often life savings. If you move into a care home funded from your savings, there may come a time when you can no longer afford to stay there and you may need help from the council. If this happens we might be able to help, but we have a limit on how much we will pay for a care home place. This means that you might not be able to continue to stay in the care home of your choice.
Therefore it is important to consider all care and support options before making a decision.
With the right help and support, many people can live safely and independently in their own home.
Take a look at finding help to see what types of help and support are available to you.
There are other housing options you may want to consider before settling on residential care.
Choosing a care home
Choosing a care home is a big decision, we have information and advice.