What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

 Although it can feel like a last resort and it can be difficult to move a loved one to a home, it may be the best option for both you, and the person you are caring for. It’s okay to feel that you are struggling and that the person you are caring for needs some full-time care and attention. Care homes and nursing homes are designed to improve a resident’s quality of life whilst they can still maintain their freedom but it can be confusing to decide what kind of care your loved one needs.

It is important to look at a range of care homes and nursing homes in order to assess which option best suits the person you are caring for, keeping in mind their illness or condition, and how their needs may change and develop over time.

What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

Care Home


A care home provides a 24-hour care service for your loved ones from qualified carers. Carers will help your loved one with everything from washing, dressing, going to the toilet, eating and getting about, depending on their needs.

When it comes to administering medication or if a resident injures themselves and dressing is required, a district nurse will have to be called out. There is no guarantee how long this will take which may distress a resident.

Nursing home


A nursing home provides residents with the same care as a care home, the only difference is the carers are registered nurses rather than carers, making them better homes for those with a long-term illness or medical condition. Nurses are obviously better qualified to know when to call a doctor and be able to notice changes in a person’s health.

Nursing homes are also better equipped with special beds and other equipment to assist those with mobility issues. A nursing home is a better option for someone whose health may decline in a short space of time.

Sources: Saga.co.uk