Care Home Census

Trend data from the annual adult Care Home Census, aggregated to council level and Scotland level. This dataset includes statistics on Care Home residents at a snapshot (31 March) 2007-2017 as well as admissions, discharges and deaths during each financial year.

Further information on the Care Home Census can be found in the annual publication. All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the ISD Scotland Website.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Source Care Homes Census Data 2007 – 2017
Author Health & Social Care Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated April 7, 2020, 13:43 (BST)
Created April 30, 2019, 13:54 (BST)
Contact Address Care Homes Census, Health & Social Care Team,Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB.
Subject Care Home Information
Frequency Annual
Time frame of data and timeliness The latest annual care home census data as at 2017-03-31 were provided in July 2017 to ISD Scotland from the Care Inspectorate. ISD Scotland released the data on 11 September 2018. The release of this publication was delayed as finalising Information Governance permissions took longer than anticipated. The data could not be released until this process was completed.
Coverage Scotland and Local Authority Level since 2007. Data on source of funding is available for 2017.
Completeness 86% of adult care homes submitted data. Data not submitted by adult care homes are estimated by ISD Scotland. Some data items are mandatory and so are 100% complete, whereas other data items are non-mandatory and so are incompletely recorded (e.g. only 17% of CHI numbers are recorded for long stay residents by the care homes).
Accuracy The Care Insepectorate's eForms system automatically validates some of the data submitted by care homes. E.g. a care home cannot submit data unless the number of residents at the start of the financial year equals the number of residents at the end of the financial year plus the number of admissions during the financial year, minus the number of deaths and discharges during the financial year. However there are known issues with the data, e.g. discharge dates are not always recorded (in part 2 of the census which asks for data at individual long stay resident level), and so some deceased residents and some residents who were discharged alive, are incorrectly included. This was discovered for the first time when ISD CHI-seeded the 2017 care home census individual level long stay resident records then matched them to death dates from National Records Scotland.
Continuity of data From 2000-2009, census forms were submitted in paper format. As of 2010, the Care Inspectorate (formerly the Care Commission) collects the data on behalf of the Scottish Government using their eForms system. The data items collected have largely remained the same.
Concepts and definitions Please see the Care Home Census data supplier guidance. ( Long Stay Residents are those whose intention when admitted to an adult care home was to stay there for more than six weeks, regardless of how long they actually stay. Residents whose intention when admitted to an adult care home was to stay there for fewer than six weeks are counted as Short Stay Residents, and the reason for the short stay was not for respite relief. If a resident stays for longer than 6 weeks they are counted as a long stay resident instead. Residents who stay in an adult care home to provide respite or holiday relief to them and/or their carer are Respite Residents. A period of respite is normally one night or one weekend or a few weeks at most.
Disclosure The following disclosure control methods have been applied to the data: ISD protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol ( and the Scottish Government’s privacy notice (
Revision statement There are no revisions to this publication.
Official statistics designation National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics The statistics are used by the Scottish Government, local authorities, private and voluntary service providers, academics and members of the public to get a clear picture of care home provision across Scotland and to plan the provision of care home places in the future.
Format CSV
Language English

The number of care home residents aged 65+ supported by local authorities and those receiving free nursing and personal care. (Note that the Scottish Care Home Census includes all adult care home data regardless of funding source and age).

NHS Continuing Care census

England and Wales Care Home Statistics 2001-2011

Northern Ireland Community Care Statistics for Older People 2015/16

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