There are many different types of nursing home in Richmond where a number of people live together, looked after by trained nursing staff available 24 hours a day.
The main categories for providing care are: Old Age for conditions such as stroke or loss of mobility, Dementia and Physical Disability.
Nursing care homes in Richmond are not owned by the council but are independentlyrun by a variety of provate and not-for-profit organisations. If you are going to live in a nursing home, you can either enter into a private agreement with the home and pay all the costs yourself, or you can ask us for help.
All registered nursing homes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Please visit Care Quality Commission if you are looking for a home yourself or want to know more. We also maintain a list of residential and nursing homes(pdf, 79KB) in the borough.
Who can go into a nursing home?
Nursing homes provide nursing care for people over the age of 18 who live in Richmond and are unable to remain living independently at home due to a physical or learning disability, mental illness,sight or hearing loss, frailty or illness. In certain circumstances, short term places are also available for people recovering from a hospital stay or illness, or to give the person who cares for them a break from their caring responsibilities.
Please note that nursing care in your own home is generally provided by District Nurses but where your nursing needs require more frequent or specialist care a nursing home may be a suitable alternative.
We can arrange an assessment of your needs, including your nursing care needs, to be carried out by a social care practitioner and a nurse. They will advise you on the choices available so that you can decide how you want your needs to be met. However, your choices may be restricted by the nature of your health and care needs.
Can I choose my own nursing home?
If, following the assessment, we agree that a nursing home is the best place for you to live, we can recommend all the nursing homes in Richmond that would meet your needs and tell you whether they have any vacancies.
How much does it cost?
The cost of nursing homes varies, depending on the type of facilities provided and the amount and type of care you need. Some staff will be qualified nurses and this means that the charges are higher than in a residential home.
Can I get help with the cost?
Help towards the cost of nursing home care is provided in part by the NHS and in part by the Council.
Everyone assessed as requiring a nursing home to meet their nursing needs is entitled to a contribution of £108.70 per week from the NHS regardless of their income or savings. This is paid directly to the nursing home.
You may be entitled to financial support from Richmond Council to cover some of the remaining cost if you are assessed as requiring a nursing home. We will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help.
If you need a Short Stay in a nursing home for your own needs or to give your carer a break, follow the link.
If you need a Long Stay in a nursing home, follow the link here.
How to get in touch
If you’re still unsure you can contact the Adult Social Care Access Team