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Residential Care

Residential care considerations

Before looking into a residential or nursing home, it is useful to make sure you have explored all the support available in the community to help you keep safe and well in your home. Please look at other information on this website and if you would like some advice please contact adult social care on (01904) 555111 to discuss or alternatively, call into a Talking Point.

If support at home, or a move into 24 hour independent living accommodation doesn’t meet your needs, you may make the decision to move into residential or nursing care. Please note that you will probably need to pay to live in a care home and if you are requesting financial support from the council, you will need to be assessed as being eligible under the Care Act for care and support in a care home. If you have already organised a place in a care home, there is no guarantee that the council will fund this.  Please see the section on paying for care and support for more detailed information.

If there is some indication that you lack the mental capacity to make a decision about staying in a care home then the guidance in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 needs to be followed. Please see the mental capacity section on this website for more information.

You may want to organise a stay in a care home for someone who does not have the capacity to make this decision. If you do not hold Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare and property and finances or are not their appointed deputy under the Court of Protection, please contact adult social care on (01904) 555111 to discuss further.

Categories of care homes

There are four main categories of home that provide 24 hour care and support.

These are:

  • General residential care
  • General nursing care
  • Residential care with dementia specialism
  • Nursing care with dementia specialism  

Residential care

Residential care homes are able to provide care to people who require assistance or support with personal care, meal preparation, medication, night time support, orientation and reassurance.

Nursing care

Nursing care homes provide care for people with nursing needs that cannot be supported in a residential care home or in the community. Nursing care may include needing support as a result of not being able to weight bear, being doubly incontinent, being at risk of pressure sores and skin breakdown and/or needing assistance with feeding.

Funded Nursing Team

If a person moves into a nursing home, the Funded Nursing Care Team need to be contacted to ask them to undertake an assessment to determine whether they are eligible for a Registered Nursing Care Contribution. The Funded Nursing Care Team can be contacted on 0300 303 8294.

Dementia specialist care homes

Dementia specialist care homes provide care and support for people with a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who may need more support than can be provided within a general residential or nursing home. For example, a person in a dementia specialist care home may be disorientated in place and/or time, may not recognise other people, may invade the private space of other people or may have difficulty in accepting support .

For a list of care homes without nursing in York please visit the NHS care homes without nursing directory.

For a list of care homes with nursing in York please visit the NHS care homes with nursing directory.

Care Homes are also listed on the Live Well York Service and Product Directory.

Last updated: 14/11/2023

Websites you may be interested in

Dementia Forward

Dementia Forward is a local charity supporting people living with dementia and their families across York and North Yorkshire.

Supporting people affected by dementia across North Yorkshire

Age UK

We've brought together information and guidance to help you make the best choice for you, including tips on how to find a good care home and advice on paying for it.

Care Homes Age UK

Alzheimer's Society

From day one of dementia, we'll be right here with you. For support and advice. For pushing for change, and for life-changing treatments and care.

Finding a Care Home –Alzheimer’s society