Care homes for younger adults cover a wide range of provision for people who have physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, mental health problems, alcohol or substance misuse problems, HIV/Aids and dual and/or complex multiple disabilities, including those who are deaf-blind. Many care homes for people in these categories are set up with a view to providing programmes of therapy and rehabilitation with a view to their returning to independent living.

Care homes for older people are usually thought as permanent accommodation in which residents live for the rest of their days. Statistical information is sparse, but it is becoming evident that older people can often move from their care home, sometimes several times, possibly to return home or to independent living but more likely to another care setting. They can also be subject to periods in hospital, moving from and back to their care home or to a new home.

This topic covers the planning for a service user to move from a care home to independent living or another care setting. The Intermediate and Short-term Care topic also offers guidance on service users moving back into independent living from a home for older people. The Care Home Closure and New Ownership topic covers the issues relating to enforced moves because of home closures. There are several model policies on moving from a care home.


“Moving on” plans will clearly be affected by the Covid-19 restrictions, and all UK countries must follow current Government guidance in their development and implementation.

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