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 2022/23, 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 – 2023
Author Health & Social Care Team
Last Updated November 21, 2023, 10:32 (GMT)
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 2023 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 2019/20 were not collected due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 1,037 care homes for adults open on 31 March 2023, there were 818 (79%) care homes that submitted data for at least part of the Census and 219 (21%) care homes that did not submit any data. Data not submitted by care homes are estimated by PHS and included in this publication. PHS 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 fill in missing data with estimated values:
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 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 (, PHS Privacy Notice (
Revision statement There have been no revisions. The 2022 data for ‘Rate of Registered Places’ (shown in the dashboard) have not been revised as planned. This is because the 2022 mid-year population estimates from National Records of Scotland were still not available at the time of this publication. Mid-year population data for 2021 have therefore been used to estimate both the provisional 2022 and 2023 ‘Rate of Registered Places’. These will be revised in a future publication.
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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Language English

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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