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You must register with the Care Inspectorate if you want to operate a residential care home in Scotland.

Types of care home include:

  • care homes for people with physical and sensory impairments
  • care homes for older people
  • care homes for people with learning disabilities
  • care homes for children and young people
  • care homes for people with drug and alcohol misuse problems
  • care homes for people with mental health problems
  • short breaks and respite care services for adults

As part of the registration process the Care Inspectorate will check:

  • whether the applicant and manager of the proposed care service are fit to provide or manage a care service
  • whether the premises in which the proposed care service will be provided are fit to be used for that purpose
  • that the proposed service will make all the proper provisions for the health, welfare, independence, choice, privacy and dignity of everyone using the service

There is a one off, non-refundable fee of £3,849, followed by an annual fee of £157.