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Herts Care Search

What is Herts Care Search?

Herts Care Search offers a searchable database of residential and nursing homes in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.

Herts Care Search is a great place to start if you are considering a residential or nursing home placement for yourself, a family member or friend. You can search for vacancies in homes by location, type of care and facilities appropriate to your needs.

Choosing a care home

We understand that choosing a care home for yourself or a loved one can be a difficult and overwhelming decision. It’s important to find a care home that’s right for you or for the person who’s going to live there.

Not all care homes are the same. Some offer accommodation and help with personal care, such as washing and dressing, often referred to as ‘residential care homes;. Other care homes offer nursing care in addition, known as ‘nursing homes’. There are also care homes that offer extra care and support for more complex care needs, such as Dementia.

Age UK has a checklist of important questions to ask care home staff when visiting a care home. The NHS also offers advice on choosing a care home.

CQC Reports and what they mean

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects all care homes regularly to check the standard of care and quality of life you or your loved one will receive at a particular home. The CQC publishes reports on its findings of how the service rates against national essential standards of quality and safety, and rates services as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. When considering care services, it’s always a good idea to check a service’s inspection report. You will find a link to the CQC’s latest report for each service on this site.

For further information on CQC ratings and reports see http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/ratings.

Paying for Care

Everyone has to pay something towards their care but how much you pay will depend on your financial situation, the care home you choose and the level of services you need.

For more information on paying for care homes in Hertfordshire, please visit the Hertfordshire County Council website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/adult-social-services/care-and-carers/arranging-and-paying-for-care/paying-for-your-care-costs.aspx.

Free advice about paying for your care is also available from HertsHelp. Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertshelp or call 0300 123 4044.

For further information

For further information on Herts Care Search please visit https://www.hertscaresearch.org/

For further information on care in Hertfordshire visit the Care Choices website, who have developed a Care Services Directory for Hertfordshire, here: http://www.carechoices.co.uk/region/east-of-england/hertfordshire/.

The directory also has a free helpline that provides independent information and help about care and accommodation on 0800 389 2077.

Care Providers: How to join

If you are already registered on the Herts Care Search system you can login to your account via the login button on the home screen of hertscaresearch.org.

All care homes in Hertfordshire can advertise their home and vacancies for free on Herts Care Search. If you are a care home or care provider interested in joining the system please complete a registration of interest form via https://www.hertscaresearch.org/provider/registerprovider/.


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For more information on the Herts Care Search service please call on 01707 536020