The Better at Home Report examines the pros of community-based care over that of residential care homes. Key findings look at the safety and wellbeing of those in institutionalized care settings and compare the standard of care and quality of life with those who enjoy the significant benefits of receiving care at home.

Latest research reveals that institutionalized care in the UK in a state of disrepair. The nationwide study surveyed more than a thousand care homes and nursing homes to offer a picture of what life in a care home looks like in comparison to alternative care options such as live-in care.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, care homes – more than any other type of social care provision – have become synonymous with higher than average infection and death rates. The combination of older, frail and often already unwell people sharing communal living space, hospital-to-care-home discharge policies that in the early stages of the pandemic involved no testing prior to discharge, inadequate testing capacity within care homes themselves and failures in personal protective equipment (PPE) provision have proved to be disastrous, leaving numerous families with loved ones in care homes either bereaved or extremely worried.

For many people, choosing community-based care has been a life-saving decision. Receiving care and support at home, either with around-the-clock, live-in care, or domiciliary care, has proven to have significant benefits for physical and mental health.

The Better At Home Report calls for the government to take a more holistic person-centered approach to social care, ensuring that they enable health and social care to be truly integrated and adopt community-based care.