Care Home Census

Data from the annual Care Home Census for Adults in Scotland. Data are presented at Scotland and at Local Authority level, and cover the period from 2009/10 to 2021/22, excluding the year 2019/20 when the Care Home Census was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further information on the Care Home Census can be found in the latest publication report and dashboard.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Source Care Homes Census Data 2010 – 2022
Author Health & Social Care Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated September 13, 2022, 12:11 (BST)
Created April 30, 2019, 13:54 (BST)
Contact Address Care Home 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 Data for years ending 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2022 excluding the year ending 31 March 2020. Data for year ending 31 March 2020 were not collected due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Coverage Scotland and Local Authority Level.
Completeness Data for census year 2019/20 were not collected due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. For the 2022 census, 67% of care homes that were open anytime during financial year 2021/22 submitted at least some data, while 70% of care homes that were still open on the last day of the census year (31 March 2022) submitted at least some data. Data not submitted by care homes are estimated by PHS. PHS also publish a supporting Data Quality and Completeness Report, in which all data quality and data completeness issues are detailed, together with the methodology that PHS uses to estimate missing data via (Scroll down and click on link for "Care home census for adults in Scotland", then scroll down to click on link for "Data quality and completeness").
Accuracy The number of care homes and the number of registered places in those care homes are sourced directly from the Care Inspectorate and are 100% accurate. The Care Inspectorate's eForms system automatically validates some of the data submitted by care homes. For example, in part 1 of the care home census (aggregated data), a care home cannot submit their data via the electronic eForm 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. In part 2 of the care home census (individual long stays), there is a known issue in that discharge dates are not always recorded by the care homes, and this affects the calculation of mean and median length of stay (in years), and the mean and median age (in years), as well as the estimated percentage and estimated number of long stay residents by length of stay bands, sex, age groups, and health characteristics.
Continuity of data Continuity of data 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. Short Stay Residents are those whose intention when admitted to an adult care home was to stay there for fewer than six weeks, 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. Respite Residents are those who stay in an adult care home to provide respite or holiday relief to them and/or their carer. 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: PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol (, NSS Privacy Notice (
Revision statement The 2021 data were published on 14 December 2021. PHS has since been notified that one care home in the Care Inspectorate’s Service List for Census year 2020/21 had a missing cancellation date. As a result, this care home was included in the statistics as at the previous Census date (31 March 2021). PHS has revised the 2021 data within this publication to remove this care home from statistics at 31 March 2021. Therefore, the number of care homes open on 31 March 2021 (as reported on 14 December 2021) was 1,069 but this has now been revised to 1,068. The related breakdowns have also been revised however the impact is minimal. There has also been a planned revision. The 2021 data for ‘Rate of Registered Places’ (shown in the dashboard) have been revised using the 2021 mid-year population estimates from the National Records of Scotland. These estimates were not available at the time of the last publication and 2020 mid-year population estimates were instead used. Similarly, the 2022 data in this publication are also provisional (due to mid-year population estimates for 2022 not being available at the time of publication) and these figures will be revised in a future publication. Mid-year population data for 2021 have been used to estimate the provisional 2022 data.
Official statistics designation Official 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.
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The Care Inspectorate have a Datastore, where a variety of data on care homes in Scotland can be found : Care Inspectorate Datastore

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