Care and nursing homes

Care homes provide 24-hour support to people who feel they are no longer able to manage living in their own home. In these circumstances, people may either move to a care home permanently or for a short period time which is also called respite care.

There are two types of home:

  • A nursing home

  • A care home

Nursing homes are generally for people with more complex needs who need nursing care and will employ both nursing and care staff.

Care homes are for people who are more independent but feel they can no longer manage on their own. Care homes generally do not employ nursing staff but will have access to community nurses.

Your choice of home, should be based on what you need and we will work with you to identify the right solution for your needs.

All care homes are inspected and regulated by the Care Inspectorate.

If you feel you need a residential or respite place, please contact us to have a conversation about your needs.

If you are considering a care or nursing home place, please contact Social Care Direct on:

Happy Elderly Residents in Care Home


Respite can be offered to individuals who have a chronic illness or disability, either live alone or have a carer. The number of respite breaks you can have will depend on what help you need. Respite breaks can be useful if you or your carer are finding it difficult to cope.

If you think you need respite care, please contact Social Care Direct on: