Help With Choosing a Care Home in Hampshire

Help With Choosing a Care Home in Hampshire

Beautiful Hampshire coastline - great place to grow old

When choosing a care home for your elderly relative, it is key to have all the information about available care and support options before making a final decision. Hampshire has a choice of high quality care homes to fit your tailored needs. There are also useful resources to compare homes to guide the decision making process.

When looking for a care home there are lots of things to think about. Our national Age Space Top Tips and Practical Guide covers everything to consider, when finding the right care home for your parent.

Finding Hampshire Care Homes

There are hundreds of care homes across Hampshire, each offering different services and tailored to different needs. Below Age Space have recommended comprehensive directories which we think are really useful. You can filter your care home search by area and type of care provided. The Care Home UK directory also provides rating and reviews, based on past user’s experiences.

Hampshire: Connect to Support; Care Home UK
Isle of Wight: Care Home UK

Age Space is also currently building a search directory to find care homes in Hampshire. Watch this space!

Different Areas to Consider in Hampshire

There are hundreds of different Care Homes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The following provides an overview of the largest urban centres/areas in Hampshire and what they have to offer.

You may also want to check out our guide to Cultural Delights for the Elderly in Hampshire.


Portsmouth elderly life

Portsmouth is a waterfront city situated on the beautiful South coast. Portsmouth Port is the most connected international port in the UK , providing passenger routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. The city has famously great shopping and leisure facilities at Gunwharf Quays. It is home to the major Queen Alexandra Hospital and award-winning Rowans Hospice.

Care Home Options in Portsmouth


Southampton Coastline elderly life

Located on the South Coast, near the New Forest, Southampton is also a major port. The city is very green, devoting substantial areas to large parks which are well kept. There are a number of public areas where people can view the water and activity in the harbour. Southampton General Hospital is the largest hospital in Hampshire. Countess Mountbatten Hospice serves the city, delivery compassionate palliative care.

Care Home Options in Southampton


Basingstoke is an old market town in the North of Hampshire with great connections to London by rail, or by car on the M3. Nearby, is the popular accessible National Trust destination The Vyne, with a beautiful house and gardens. The town is home to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, which has an A&E department. St Michael’s hospice serves the local community and runs frequent events for the community to get involved in.

Care Home Options in Basingstoke


Winchester cathedral - a great place to grow old

Winchester lies at the Western end of the South Downs National Park, on the River Itchen. Its impressive, major landmark is the Winchester cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Royal Hampshire County Hospital serves the community, and recently opened an Emergency Department. Winchester has an ageing population meaning there is a great community of elderly people who enjoying making the most of regular social events. The brand new Winchester Hospice, with excellent facilities is on track to open in early 2021.

Care Homes Options in Winchester

Isle of Wight

The needles Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the second most populous island in the UK, located 2-5 miles of the South Coast. It is easily accessible by regular ferries from Lyminton, Southampton and Portsmouth. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. There is a buzzing elderly population, a major hospital and hospice.

Care Home Options on the Isle of Wight

Average Hampshire Care Home Fees

Hampshire county, and the wider South East region, is one of the most affluent parts of the country, and hence the average care cost here rises further than the national average of £33,852 (£47,320 including nursing care). The table below shows the average cost for a year’s care in the South East depending on the type of care you require.

These numbers are based on a study published by LaingBuisson in the Care of Older People UK Market Report 29th edition.

ResidentialResidential with Nursing Care
Elderly £38,062 £52,902
Dementia £38,864 £54,720

The cost of care in the neighbouring South West region, is slightly cheaper. It may be worth looking at care homes in the neighbouring counties of Dorset and Wiltshire, if cost is a major factor in your decision.

Elderly Life in Hampshire

Gardening - elderly life in Hampshire

Hampshire is a really pleasant place to grow old. The county boasts stunning coastline, beautiful countryside and buzzing cities. Excellent, accessible railway links to London mean the county is well connected and easy for relatives who live in the capital to visit.

There is a good provision of care through local councils and charities. Many schemes ad charities to support the elderly have started in Hampshire, proved successful, then used else where in the UK such as Driving Miss Daisy and assistive technoloy. Communities are generally well integrated across generations. For these reasons, Hampshire is a slightly more expensive place to grow old compared to the UK average.

Hampshire hospital trusts

Rating of local NHS trusts

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. The published performance ratings can help people choose the right care. Below is a table of NHS trusts in Hampshire and their CQC rating:

NHS TrustRatingLast Inspection
University Hospital SouthamptonGood2019
Hampshire Hospitals Requires Improvement2018
Isle of WightRequires Improvement2019
Portsmouth Good2019

For further ratings of the quality of care in hospitals, GPs and care homes visit the CQC website and search for the institution you are interested in.

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