Care homes provide accommodation with trained staff on hand to look after your needs day and night.
There are two types of care home:
- care homes with trained staff who provide personal care similar to care that you would receive from relatives and friends
- nursing homes that provide the same level of care as care homes but also have trained nurses on duty to provide skilled nursing care when you need it.
You can find information about care homes in our Care Guide.
Other care options
Close care is the term for sheltered housing built in the grounds of a care home. Residents can purchase care and support, as well as other services such as domiciliary care and meals, from the nearby care home.
Extra care housing
This is an attractive option if you want the security of having care staff on hand but do not want to lose the independence of living in your own home. Individual flats in extra care schemes are fully self-contained, with their own kitchen, bathroom and front door. Most offer a range of services, including a midday meal and access to specialist bathing facilities.
Mainly for older people, sheltered housing usually takes the form of a group of small houses or flats with the availability of a warden, who can give help and support in an emergency.
This is designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Some schemes have the benefit of a live-in warden and emergency call systems. Other schemes offer communal accommodation to small groups of people with similar needs. They are mainly for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.
More detailed information can be found in our Care Guide, including details of registered care homes and home care services.
- Age UK
- Citizens Advice
- Housing Care - The Elderly Accommodation Counsel's Housing Care website provides a searchable database of housing and care options for older people in West Sussex. It includes sheltered housing for rent or sale, as well as extra care housing and residential homes.
- Independent Lives
- West Sussex Connect to Support
- West Sussex Partners in Care
- West Sussex Wellbeing