A care home is a broad phrase for a residential facility that offers care or nursing services.

The primary distinction between a nursing home and a residential care facility is that a nursing home is required to have a licenced nurse on staff at all times to provide medical care.

Both types of facilities offer care and assistance around the clock, but nursing homes are able to offer a higher level of care, which can make them more expensive depending on the kind of care required.

As previously mentioned, a residential care home assists residents with personal care activities like washing, dressing, and eating while encouraging them to participate in physical activities. In contrast, a nursing home has a qualified nurse on staff 24 hours a day to provide medical care or for residents who significantly struggle with daily life.