Care not at home statistics

The information found in the care not at home section includes statistics on those services which are delivered outside the clients own home.  We collect and publish a wide range of information on adult social care with current publications found in the topics below.

Residential and nursing care packages

A care package is the form of care recommended through care management. The term care management is used to describe the whole concept which embraces the key functions of assessing need; care-planning; and managing, co-ordinating and reviewing services. Health and social care (HSC) trusts carry out care management assessments to identify a person’s needs and determine the best form of care to meet those needs, that is a care package.

Statistical information is collected on two types of care package i.e. residential care and nursing home care.              

Residential and nursing care homes

Residential care refers to care which takes place in residential homes. They are staffed 24 hours a day, providing board and general personal care to the residents. Such premises are provided for those who require ongoing care and supervision in the circumstances where nursing care would normally be inappropriate.

Nursing home care refers to care which takes place in nursing care homes. They are residential facilities providing nursing care 24 hours per day. Dual registered homes are nursing homes which are also registered to provide residential care and have a number of places / beds available for residential care.

Adult day care

Day care facilities consist of adult training centres / social education centres, workshops and day centres. These centres provide a variety of services and facilities such as social and occupational training, industrial therapy and contract work, meals, hairdressing, chiropody and social and craft activities.

Day care services are designed to meet the assessed needs of individuals for care, support, supervision or rehabilitation by reason of mental illness, functional impairment, cognitive impairment, learning disability, ill-health, age, family, or life circumstances.

Day care services are crucial to the support of carers and assist people in maintaining their quality of life within their own community.


Contact refers to persons or their carer(s) who have had any contact with a health and social care (HSC) trust.

This contact occurs when a client attends a clinic or a domiciliary visit is made to see the client. The result of any contact may lead to the client receiving a service, such as meals on wheels, a care package or registration at a day care facility.

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