Care homes—placement options and fees
Produced in partnership with Jonathan Auburn of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Arianna Kelly of Kings Chambers
Care homes—placement options and fees

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Jonathan Auburn of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Arianna Kelly of Kings Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Care homes—placement options and fees
  • Definition of a local authority care home
  • Choice of care home
  • Care home fees and payment

A local authority has a duty to place an assessed adult, with needs for care and support, in their preferred accommodation if certain criteria are met. If the local authority does this, the adult, depending on an assessment of their income and capital, may be required to make payments towards the cost of their place. A person may be placed in an establishment that is either a licensed or non-licensed care home.

If an elderly or vulnerable person requires a high level of support from a local authority, a residential care home could be appropriate.

Definition of a local authority care home

A local authority care home in England is a home that provides accommodation together with personal or nursing care (including emotional or psychiatric care) for people who:

  1. are or have been ill

  2. have or have had a mental disorder

  3. are disabled or infirm

  4. are or have been dependent on alcohol or drugs

Registration of care homes

Accommodation deemed to be a care home must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the name of the manager running it.

Homes must comply with national minimum standards and registration is only granted to those with adequate services, facilities, buildings and qualified staff.

The CQC will conduct comprehensive inspections at certain minimum intervals depending on the status of the care home and its