Starting a Nursing Home

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Statutory registration and national standards
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading and legal issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Nursing homes provide long-term accommodation and nursing care for people (typically elderly) who require both medical care from qualified nurses and personal care such as help with dressing or bathing. Some nursing homes provide specialist care for people with particular conditions such as dementia, in addition to nursing care for general illnesses and ailments.

Residential care homes are similar to nursing homes but they only provide accommodation and limited help with personal care for people who are relatively independent and do not require nursing care. For more information, see BOP 89, Residential Care Home.

All social care services, including privately run nursing homes, are regulated by the national statutory body for the part of the UK in which they are based. The manager of the home, often the proprietor, needs to be registered with the relevant statutory body. In England and Northern Ireland nursing homes must have a qualified nurse on duty at all times.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent nursing home. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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