Nursing or residential home care can provide permanent accommodation when illness, disability or frailty makes living independently difficult or impossible.
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.
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
Merton Council has also published list of approved care homes in the borough:
Approved Care Homes List 2006
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
Merton Adult Access Team
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 4430
Minicom: 020 8545 4431
Mobile: SMS 07961 243740 (reserved for people who are profoundly deaf and using SMS only)
Fax: 020 8274 5961