A care home is a place where people can live in a homely setting and have their needs met by trained staff. If people have increased care needs for a limited period their needs may be met by a short stay (sometimes known as respite care) rather than on a permanent basis.
Care homes are required to be registered and inspected by the Care Inspectorate and may be owned and run by:
- Local authorities
- Private individuals
- Voluntary sector
There are a wide range of care homes, some specializing in specific types of care such as dementia. Care homes which are registered with the Care Inspectorate to provide nursing care have trained nurses and can also provide additional equipment when you need it.
Care homes which are registered to provide residential care do not have nursing staff but can contact a community nurse to visit residents as and when required. Information on charging for residential care:
Further information including information about the national care home contract rate, contractual routes, what to look for in a care home can be obtained from Care Information Scotland at www.careinfoscotland.co.uk