Residential and nursing care homes

Your eligible needs may best be served by either a residential care home or a nursing care home. ​Nursing care homes have qualified nurses on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deliver nursing care where a resident requires it.

​Unlike NHS services, social care and support services are not automatically free of charge for everyone. You will be expected to pay a contribution towards your care and support unless your circumstances show that you cannot afford to do so.

The cost of residential and nursing care homes varies and the amount you pay is dependent on your individual financial circumstances. You will need to request an assessment to find out how much of a contribution you will need to pay.

Request an assessment or review from adult social services

If you or the person you care for has care and support needs that you feel would be best met by residential or nursing care and you would like to request help from the council, please contact adult social services for an assessment or a review if you already have a care package.

How to request an assessment or review

If a care home providing nursing care is the best solution for you, the adult care worker will give you information to help you find a home which meets your care requirements. The cost of the nursing care part of your fees is paid by the NHS to the home directly.

You can contact the Nurse Care Management Teams for your area at the Northamptonshire Foundation NHS Trust.

Finding residential or nursing care homes

If you have an adult care worker, they can provide you with information residential or nursing homes in the county, or you can search the Care Services Directory.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC is an independent health and adult social services regulator. Its job is to make sure that the health and social care services offer safe, effective and high-quality care.

All care providers should be registered with the Care Quality Commission – check out their reports and ratings, and ask for customer testimonials.