Care villages

An increasingly popular option of care and support available today is the care village or retirement village.

Some services may be chargeable. This depends on your individual financial circumstances. To find out more about this you will need to speak to the provider.

Here, people can make a choice between independent living, assisted living or housing sometimes known as extra care or 24 hour nursing care.

A major difference between care villages and retirement villages is that in care villages there are care staff on-site 24-hours a day.

Most care villages have three different forms of accommodation:

  1. Independent apartments offer a more independent lifestyle and are designed to make life as easy as possible but with the reassurance that should you require care it is always available.
  2. Assisted living or extra care models exist within smaller specially adapted one (sometimes two) bedroom apartments offering a real alternative to a single bedroom in a residential care home. They offer an independent lifestyle backed up with all the support and care required along with a serviced package which includes all food, cleaning and laundry.
  3. Care villages. Accommodation offered within a nursing home, situated at the heart of the village. Wide range of on-site facilities which can include a café, restaurant, elegant sitting rooms, hairdressing salon, landscaped gardens and a bowling green. Some even have a swimming pool and spa.

Finding care villages

If you have an adult care worker, they can provide you with information of where the care villages or retirement villages are in the county, or you can search the Care Services Directory.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC is an independent health and adult social care 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.


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