Nursing and Residential homes

Checking quality standards

The Care Quality Commission (link opens in new window) (CQC) website allows you to search for all registered care homes in a particular area.

All care homes should be registered with the CQC, an organisation appointed by the government to monitor the standards of care provided.

The CQC visits registered homes regularly to inspect the facilities and the standard of care, and writes a report about the home which is published on the CQC website. This means that you can find out what a home is like and what services it offers, and be well-informed to decide if it's the right one for you.

Once you've identified a few homes that you think might suit you, it will be a good idea to make a visit, to see what it’s like, meet the home manager, nursing staff and other residents.