Coronavirus update: Family members and friends can now visit their loved ones in residential and nursing homes.
Read more: Merton Council relaxes visitor restrictions in residential and nursing homes (4 September 2020)
Nursing or residential home care can provide permanent accommodation when illness, disability or frailty makes living independently difficult or impossible.
In a residential home you have your own bedroom, sometimes with a private bathroom, but share communal facilities with other people. Regular meals and personal care such as bathing are provided, as well as emotional support.
A nursing home might be more suitable if you need nursing care on a more frequent basis because of a disability, injury or illness. The services they offer are the same as residential homes, but a qualified nurse is also on duty 24 hours a day.
Find a care home
A decision on whether you are eligible for a place in a residential or nursing home will be made following an assessment of your care needs and agreement that you are no longer able to manage in your own home even with full support of family and other assistance available such as Community Care Services and District Nurses.
There will be a fee for your accommodation and care, and you may be asked to pay these fees in full or in part depending on your income and capital.
Paying for residential and nursing home care
Adult First Response
Older People and Physical Disability
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 0208 545 4388
Minicom: 0208 545 4388