Information and Options > Care options advice

Care options appraisal provides vital information on the many types of care available, from care at home to respite care and care homes. These include homes registered to provide personal care, and those that can also provide nursing. Whilst most homes provide long term care, some also provide short term and/or respite care. There are regional differences in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as special considerations for meeting specific religious and mental health needs. Assistance with finding the best ways of meeting an elderly person’s care needs can be very helpful because the funding of care can be very complex, and there are different types of care homes. Many have specialisms such as dementia care, and some have separate provision for older people who are mentally infirm (sometimes known as EMI units).

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Information and Options > Care options advice services in England

Bedfordshire (11)
Bedford (9) Luton (9) Mid Bedfordshire (9) South Bedfordshire (9)

Berkshire (17)
Bracknell Forest (11) Reading (11) Slough (11) West Berkshire (11) Windsor and Maidenhead (11) Wokingham (12)

Buckinghamshire (12)
Aylesbury Vale (11) Chiltern (11) Milton Keynes (10) South Bucks (11) Wycombe (11)

Cambridgeshire (11)
Cambridge (9) East Cambridgeshire (10) Fenland (10) Huntingdonshire (10) Peterborough (9) South Cambridgeshire (9)

Channel Islands (7)
Guernsey (7) Jersey (7)

Cheshire (13)
Chester (10) Congleton (9) Crewe and Nantwich (9) Ellesmere Port and Neston (10) Halton (9) Macclesfield (9) Vale Royal (10) Warrington (9)

Cornwall (9)
Caradon (9) Carrick (9) Isles of Scilly (9) Kerrier (9) North Cornwall (9) Penwith (9) Restormel (9)

Cumbria (10)
Allerdale (9) Barrow-in-Furness (9) Carlisle (10) Copeland (9) Eden (10) South Lakeland (9)

Derbyshire (10)
Amber Valley (8) Bolsover (8) Chesterfield (8) Derby (8) Derbyshire Dales (9) Erewash (8) High Peak (8) North East Derbyshire (8) South Derbyshire (8)

Devon (14)
East Devon (12) Exeter (12) Mid Devon (12) North Devon (13) Plymouth (9) South Hams (12) Teignbridge (12) Torbay (10) Torridge (12) West Devon (12)

Dorset (12)
Bournemouth (10) Christchurch (10) East Dorset (10) North Dorset (10) Poole (10) Purbeck (10) West Dorset (10) Weymouth & Portland (10)

Durham (10)
Chester-le-Street (8) Darlington (8) Derwentside (8) Durham (8) Easington (8) Hartlepool (7) Sedgefield (8) Stockton-on-Tees (8) Teesdale (8) Wear Valley (8)

East Riding of Yorkshire (9)
East Riding of Yorkshire (8) Kingston upon Hull (9)

East Sussex (12)
Brighton & Hove (11) Eastbourne (8) Hastings (8) Lewes (8) Rother (8) Wealden (8)

Essex (13)
Basildon (10) Braintree (11) Brentwood (10) Castle point (10) Chelmsford (10) Colchester (11) Epping Forest (10) Harlow (10) Maldon (10) Rochford (10) Southend-on-Sea (10) Tendring (10) Thurrock (10) Uttlesford (11)

Gloucestershire (11)
Cheltenham (9) Cotswold (9) Forest of Dean (9) Gloucester (9) South Gloucestershire (10) Stroud (9) Tewkesbury (9)

Greater London (60)
Barking & Dagenham (12) Barnet (11) Bexley (11) Brent (10) Bromley (11) Camden (11) City of London (9) Croydon (10) Ealing (10) Enfield (10) Greenwich (10) Hackney (10) Hammersmith & Fulham (11) Haringey (10) Harrow (10) Havering (12) Hillingdon (10) Hounslow (10) Islington (11) Kensington and Chelsea (11) Kingston upon Thames (13) Lambeth (10) Lewisham (11) Merton (10) Newham (11) Redbridge (11) Richmond upon Thames (11) Southwark (12) Sutton (12) Tower Hamlets (11) Waltham Forest (11) Wandsworth (10) Westminster (10)

Greater Manchester (25)
Bolton (9) Bury (10) Manchester (8) Oldham (11) Rochdale (8) Salford (8) Stockport (9) Tameside (9) Trafford (10) Wigan (9)

Hampshire (9)
Basingstoke and Deane (8) East Hampshire (8) Eastleigh (8) Fareham (8) Gosport (8) Hart (8) Havant (8) New Forest (8) Portsmouth (7) Rushmoor (8) Southampton (8) Test Valley (8) Winchester (8)

Herefordshire (8)
Herefordshire (8)

Hertfordshire (11)
Broxbourne (11) Dacorum (11) East Hertfordshire (11) Hertsmere (11) North Hertfordshire (11) St Albans (11) Stevenage (11) Three Rivers (11) Watford (11) Welwyn Hatfield (11)

Isle of Man (8)
Isle of Man (8)

Isle of Wight (12)
Isle of Wight (12)

Kent (14)
Ashford (10) Canterbury (9) Dartford (9) Dover (10) Gravesham (9) Maidstone (9) Medway (8) Sevenoaks (9) Shepway (10) Swale (9) Thanet (10) Tonbridge & Malling (9) Tunbridge Wells (10)

Lancashire (14)
Blackburn with Darwen (11) Blackpool (10) Burnley (11) Chorley (11) Fylde (11) Hyndburn (11) Lancaster (11) Pendle (11) Preston (11) Ribble Valley (11) Rossendale (11) South Ribble (11) West Lancashire (11) Wyre (11)

Leicestershire (11)
Blaby (9) Charnwood (9) Harborough (9) Hinckley & Bosworth (9) Leicester (9) Melton (9) North West Leicestershire (9) Oadby & Wigston (9) Rutland (9)

Lincolnshire (9)
Boston (7) East Lindsey (7) Lincoln (7) North East Lincolnshire (8) North Kesteven (7) North Lincolnshire (8) South Holland (7) South Kesteven (7) West Lindsey (7)

Merseyside (9)
Knowsley (9) Liverpool (7) Sefton (9) St Helens (9) Wirral (7)

Norfolk (10)
Breckland (10) Broadland (10) Great Yarmouth (10) Kings Lynn and West Norfolk (10) North Norfolk (10) Norwich (10) South Norfolk (10)

North Yorkshire (12)
Craven (9) Hambleton (9) Harrogate (9) Middlesbrough (9) Redcar & Cleveland (9) Richmondshire (9) Ryedale (9) Scarborough (9) Selby (9) York (9)

Northamptonshire (9)
Corby (8) Daventry (8) East Northamptonshire (9) Kettering (9) Northampton (8) South Northamptonshire (8) Wellingborough (9)

Northumberland (8)
Alnwick (8) Berwick-upon-Tweed (8) Blyth Valley (8) Castle Morpeth (8) Tynedale (8) Wansbeck (8)

Nottinghamshire (10)
Ashfield (9) Bassetlaw (10) Broxtowe (9) Gedling (9) Mansfield (9) Newark and Sherwood (9) Nottingham (8) Rushcliffe (9)

Oxfordshire (9)
Cherwell (9) Oxford (9) South Oxfordshire (9) Vale of White Horse (9) West Oxfordshire (9)

Shropshire (9)
Bridgnorth (8) North Shropshire (8) Oswestry (8) Shrewsbury and Atcham (8) South Shropshire (8) Telford & Wrekin (8)

Somerset (14)
Bath & North East Somerset (10) Bristol (9) Mendip (10) North Somerset (10) Sedgemoor (10) South Somerset (10) Taunton Deane (10) West Somerset (10)

South Yorkshire (12)
Barnsley (8) Doncaster (9) Rotherham (8) Sheffield (8)

Staffordshire (10)
Cannock Chase (8) East Staffordshire (9) Lichfield (8) Newcastle-under-Lyme (9) South Staffordshire (8) Stafford (8) Staffordshire Moorlands (9) Stoke-on-Trent (8) Tamworth (8)

Suffolk (11)
Babergh (10) Forest Heath (10) Ipswich (10) Mid Suffolk (10) St Edmundsbury (10) Suffolk Coastal (10) Waveney (11)

Surrey (13)
Elmbridge (13) Epsom and Ewell (13) Guildford (13) Mole Valley (13) Reigate & Banstead (13) Runnymede (13) Spelthorne (13) Surrey Heath (13) Tandridge (13) Waverley (13) Woking (13)

Tyne and Wear (9)
Gateshead (7) Newcastle upon Tyne (7) North Tyneside (9) South Tyneside (7) Sunderland (7)

Warwickshire (13)
North Warwickshire (12) Nuneaton & Bedworth (13) Rugby (12) Stratford-on-Avon (12) Warwick (12)

West Midlands (16)
Birmingham (8) Coventry (10) Dudley (7) Sandwell (8) Solihull (10) Walsall (7) Wolverhampton (8)

West Sussex (9)
Adur (9) Arun (9) Chichester (9) Crawley (9) Horsham (9) Mid Sussex (9) Worthing (9)

West Yorkshire (12)
Bradford (9) Calderdale (7) Kirklees (7) Leeds (8) Wakefield (9)

Wiltshire (11)
Kennet (10) North Wiltshire (10) Salisbury (10) Swindon (10) West Wiltshire (10)

Worcestershire (10)
Bromsgrove (9) Malvern Hills (10) Redditch (9) Worcester (10) Wychavon (9) Wyre Forest (9)

Information and Options > Care options advice services in Scotland

Aberdeen (8) Aberdeenshire (13) Angus (7) Argyll & Bute (9) Clackmannanshire (8) Dumfries & Galloway (8) Dundee (7) East Ayrshire (6) East Dunbartonshire (7) East Lothian (7) East Renfrewshire (8) Edinburgh (7) Eilean Siar / Western Isles (7) Falkirk (8) Fife (8) Glasgow (11) Highland (8) Inverclyde (7) Midlothian (7) Moray (7) North Ayrshire (8) North Lanarkshire (7) Orkney Islands (8) Perth & Kinross (8) Renfrewshire (8) Scottish Borders (8) Shetland Islands (7) South Ayrshire (8) South Lanarkshire (8) Stirling (7) West Dunbartonshire (7) West Lothian (7)

Information and Options > Care options advice services in Wales

Anglesey (7) Blaenau Gwent (7) Bridgend (7) Caerphilly (7) Cardiff (7) Carmarthenshire (8) Ceredigion (7) Conwy (7) Denbighshire (7) Flintshire (7) Gwynedd (7) Merthyr Tydfil (7) Monmouthshire (7) Neath Port Talbot (7) Newport (7) Pembrokeshire (7) Powys (8) Rhondda Cynon Taff (7) Swansea (7) Torfaen (7) Vale of Glamorgan (7) Wrexham (7)

Information and Options > Care options advice services in Northern Ireland

Antrim (4) Armagh (4) Belfast (4) Down (4) Fermanagh (4) Londonderry (4) Tyrone (4)