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Housing and Care Homes

Here you can find a variety of housing options for adults in Cornwall.

You can find different types of care and residential homes, search for home care providers and look at other housing options based upon your own or your loved ones needs. 

You can also find advice and information relating to any housing problems you may be facing, as well as the details for local housing associations.

If you are on a low income and rent your home you may qualify for housing benefit, you can find out more about financial support here.

What is the difference between nursing, care and residential homes?

A residential home is somewhere a loved one can recieve 24 hour personal care and support. There are always trained staff available and support is often tailored to your loved ones needs. They often enabled residents to take part in activities and can be more relaxed when it comes to meal times and bed times. 

A care/nursing home is similar to a residential home, but it offers 24 hour support from a registered nurse. These homes are often more suited to those with long term conditions that require extra care from a trained medical professional. 

If a residential home states that they offer nursing, this means that they have a registered medical professional in house.

You can find out more about the different types of care homes by looking through the age uk factsheet

What is home care?

Home care can be provided in a variety of ways, the kinds of services available to help you include:

  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Bathing and washing
  • Preparing meals
  • Cleaning
  • Fitting equipment and adaptations to your home, such as stairlifts and bath seats
  • Going to a day centre
  • Shopping 
  • Running Errands
  • Basic home or garden maintenance 

These services allow your loved ones to keep their independence and remain in familiar surroundings. 

For information about individual services, see 'Support at Home'
To see agencies offering multiple services as a package, select 'Home Care'.

What are 'other housing options'?

In this area of our website, you'll find alternative housing options.

These range from foyer accomodation; for those with housing issues like homelessness, to supported living accomodation; giving independence to those with conditions like learning disabilties or autism. 

Questions to ask when using a homecare agency

The fees some agencies charge can be quite high. Before deciding to go ahead with an agency, you should ask questions about the fee and what it covers, including:

  • Does the agency check references? 
  • What training and supervision do they provide? 
  • What is their complaints policy? 
  • Who will be responsible for insurance? 
  • Is there any out-of-hours or emergency contact if needed? 
  • Will they be able to provide staff if your own care worker is ill or away? (If an agency contracts to provide care every day, it must ensure that it does.)
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