About care homes

East Lothian Health and Social Care care homes - Belhaven, Crookston, Eskgreen and The Abbey - are open for essential visits only (indoors), for example, to residents receiving palliative care or whose health has deteriorated rapidly.

The Abbey and Belhaven can facilitate window visits but ask families to respect national corona virus guidance, remember that travelling to the care home for this type of visit does not count as essential travel. People making window visits should live in the EH42 postcode. Crookston will permit outdoor visits. Eskgreen is restricted to essential visits only (see first paragraph). 

All visits are at the discretion of the manager at each home, so please phone ahead and speak to the home before making any visit.

If your relative or friend is at a privately operated care home or nursing home, please phone them direct to find out what arrangements they have in place.

Care homes provide 24 hour support to people who feel they are no longer able to manage living independently. In these cases, people may either consider moving to a care home on a permanent basis, or can choose to stay at a care home for shorter periods of time, often known as a respite break.

Respite breaks can be offered to people who have a chronic illness or disability, either live alone or have a carer. The number of respite breaks you can have will depend on what help you need. Respite breaks can be useful if you or your carer are finding it difficult to cope.

Choosing a Home

There are two main types of home, Nursing Homes and Residential Homes.

Nursing Homes are generally suitable for people with more complex needs who require nursing care. These homes employ both nursing and care staff.

Residential homes are for people who are more independent with their needs. These homes generally do not employ nursing staff but have access to community nurses through the NHS.

Which home you should choose will depend on your level of need. Your social worker will help to advise you on this.

There are 17 care homes in East Lothian. East Lothian Council owns 4 care homes, 1 nursing home and 3 residential homes.

All care homes are inspected and regulated by the Care Inspectorate.

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If you feel you need a residential or respite placement, you will need to organise an assessment.

Learn about getting an assessment