Age Concern have advised that older people should not feel rushed into selecting their care home and take time to consider the options available to them.
Neill Young, senior media relations officer for the charity, said that moving to a care home can give elderly people a new lease of life, while others may find it a more difficult decision to make.
"We urge anyone looking to move into a care home to visit more than one, and to ask plenty of questions about fees and what possessions they can take with them," advised Mr Young.
He added that the Commission for Social Care is launching a new star rating system later this month, which will help elderly people choose a care home for themselves.
According to figures from the Personal Social Services Research Unit, the number of older people with the greatest level of dependency will rise by more than 60 per cent over the next thirty years.