The future of residential and nursing care homes in Suffolk

Find information about recent developments and potential plans for care homes in Suffolk.

Over the last year we have been working with NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, West Suffolk and Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Groups to look at how we can develop residential and nursing care home services, to ensure that they best meet the needs of Suffolk residents.  

This review provided us with a much deeper understanding of the issues affecting the current supply of good quality residential and nursing care homes. For example, challenges with recruiting and retaining of the workforce.

Download and read the Suffolk Commissioners' Suffolk and Great Yarmouth Strategic Market Review (PDF, 1.71MB).

Our next step is for Adult Health and Social Care to work together with a group representing service users and carers, voluntary and community sector organisations and care providers to come up with proposals about how we develop cost effective, high quality residential and nursing care that meets the needs of our residents. 

We will be regularly updating this page with recent developments and potential plans for the future.

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Residential homes provide care and support to people off all ages who can no longer live in their own home and have staff on duty 24 hours a day.

Increasingly they look after people with higher levels of need who require more specialist services such as dementia care.

Residential homes also offer short term services such as respite and intermediate care to support people coming home from hospital.

Nursing homes provide both personal and nursing care. In addition to the services available in residential homes nursing homes also have nursing staff on duty 24 hours a day.