Care homes can be positive environments for older people if they provide a range of activities, Counsel and Care said today.
Counsel and Care is a charity working to get the best care and support for older people, their families and carers.
The charity offers information, advice and financial support, as well as influencing government policies concerning elderly care and services provided.
Caroline Bernard, spokesperson for the charity said that the positive aspects of care homes include activities, companionship, citizenship and holidays for residents.
She also spoke about what care homes could offer to people nearing the end of their lives: "You can live out your days doing things that we all want to do.
"Or, if you are at the point where you are too frail and can't do anything for yourself anymore, you can be there to have a peaceful death."
Barchester care homes offer residents a wide variety of activities to get involved in, including gardening, walks, sponsored events to raise money for charity and celebrations of annual events such as Valentine's Day and Easter.