Where possible, we provide support for people wanting to remain in their own homes. If this is not possible, we can help you to find a residential or nursing home.
Types of care
Care homes can provide two main types of care:
- a residential care home provides accommodation, meals, and personal care for people who are unable to safely manage at home - any nursing needs can be provided by a visiting district nurse
- a nursing home provides personal care, meals and around the clock nursing care
Assessing your needs
You can make your own arrangements to move into a residential or nursing care home, however we would recommend that you contact Adult Social Care to discuss your needs.
To help you choose the right type of care home and to find out whether you are eligible for funding, please contact Adult Social Care for an assessment of your needs.
Contributions towards care costs
The scale of contributions you will be asked to pay is determined by your finances. If you have more than £23,250 savings or capital it is likely you will be expected to pay the full cost of your residential care until your savings drop below this level. If you have less than £23,250 savings or capital, the council will financially assess you to work out how much, if anything, you should contribute towards your support. You will pay the 'assessed contribution'.
Please see our charging policy (PDF, 111kb) for more information.
A deferred payment agreement (PDF, 115kb) is an arrangement with the council that will enable some people to use the value of their homes to fund care home costs. If you are eligible, we will help pay your care home bills on your behalf. You can delay repaying us until you choose to sell their home, or until after your death.
Choosing a care home
When choosing a home, it is important to make sure it will be right for you both now and in the future. You can get information to help make this decision from:
- a social care practitioner
- a district nurse
- a health visitor
- your family doctor
You can also obtain free independent reports on local residential homes from the Care Quality Commission to help you make your choice.
We strongly recommend you seek independent financial advice before making a final decision. Please read the funding your own support (PDF, 882kb) booklet.
My Care My Home is an organisation offering advice, support and guidance for people who need support and who pay for this support themselves
Please see the Berkshire care directory or our community directory (iHub) for information regarding care homes in the surrounding area. Some of the care homes may fall under different local authority areas.