For many people, moving to a care home is a big decision and it can be difficult to know where to start. As an established and trusted care home provider, Anchor know that the need to find suitable care can come about quite suddenly and can feel overwhelming, and so, are here to help.

Our guide to choosing a care home is designed to help you and your loved ones consider your choices carefully and make the right decision, at the right time, for you.  It covers a range of common concerns, including care home fees, and aims to provide you with the guidance you need to make a considered decision about your future.

The guide highlights the differences between care homes and other housing options, and explains how the varying levels of care and support available in care homes could benefit you or your loved one. Exploring typical daily activities, health care services and catering, it aims to illustrate what life is really like in a care home, and offers advice on how to choose between the care homes you may go to visit.

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  • Is a care home the right move?

    Before deciding on a move to a care home, it’s important to know the difference between the main types of accommodation available for older people. Find out more about your housing options.

  • Which type of care home would suit you?

    Different care homes offer different levels of care so it is important to consider your needs before choosing a home. Find out more about the types of care available.

  • What is life like in a care home?

    Find out about the important role social activities, catering and health care services play in care homes as well as the influence visitors have on everyday life for residents.

  • Choosing between care homes

    When choosing a care home it is important you think about your personal priorities. Read more about the type of things to consider when choosing between care homes.

  • Care home selection checklist

    The care home selection process can seem a confusing and daunting task so Anchor have created a checklist to help you choose between the care homes you visit.

  • Care home quality standards

    The established independent regulator for care homes in England is called the Care Quality Commission. Find out what they do and how they can help you choose a care home.