Care homes and housing choices

We have the following types of supported living and housing in Swindon:

Supported accommodation

Supported housing helps vulnerable people live independently. Support is provided in different ways, mostly in supported housing schemes, and increasingly direct to people’s homes.

Extra care

Extra care housing supports you to live independently for as long as possible and still gives you the security and privacy of having your own front door.

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing helps older people to continue to live independently, with easy access to shared facilities, social and leisure opportunities and some support if needed.

Residential homes (care homes without nursing care) 

Standard residential care provides accommodation, meals and assistance with personal care whenever the need arises over a 24 hour period. If the person has any nursing needs, assistance may be provided by the District Nursing Service visiting whenever they are needed. 'High Dependency' residential care indicates additional moving and handling needs such as requiring a hoist to move.

Nursing homes (care homes with nursing care)

Nursing care provides accommodation, meals and assistance with personal care and additionally, access to qualified nursing staff on duty 24 hours per day.

Further information

Both residential and nursing homes are further divided by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the following different groups:

  • Old age - provide assistance for people who have physical illnesses that may be classed as more common in old age such as stroke, loss of mobility etc.
  • Dementia (also known as EMI) - provide assistance for people who have a dementia related illness.
  • Mental illness - provide assistance for people who have a mental illness other than dementia.
  • Physical disability - provide assistance for people who have a medical condition that affects their physical ability.

Useful contact

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Address: Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA
Phone: 03000 616161
Fax: 03000 616171

Contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for more information about care homes in the area of your choice, including inspection reports.