- There are nearly 40,000 residential and nursing homes in the UK and choosing one of them, often under great speed and stress, can be a daunting experience. It is difficult to know what to look for, how to check that the standards are high, who funds what, and why there can be problems. This book is a practical guide designed to help the reader make well-informed choices about nursing or residential home care. It looks at the questions which need to be asked to make the right decision, whether for oneself or a relative or friend. Improvements in services are only likely to be made when consumers are well informed and have the confidence to demand high standards. This book helps users make informed decisions as well as ensuring the home selected continues to provide a high standard of care in the future.