There are many types of care homes that provide for different needs. There are some care homes offer short-term places, for people recovering from a hospital stay or to give someone a break from their caring role (called respite care).
There are over 140 care homes in Croydon run by a variety of organisations, including private companies, voluntary organisations and under contract from Croydon council. All homes have to be registered and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who visits them and produces reports on its website. You can search for care homes in Croydon using the Care Quality Commission care homes directory.
The two main types of care homes are:
- Residential homes – offer care and support
- Nursing homes – these normally offer the same care as residential homes but also have 24-hour medical care from a qualified nurse
Both main categories of care are divided by the CQC into the following:
- Old age – for people who have physical illnesses more common in old age
- Dementia (also known as EMI - elderly mentally infirm) – for people who have a dementia related illness
- Mental illness – for people who have a mental illness other than dementia
- Physical disability – for people who have a medical condition that affects them physically