Care homes across the UK are to receive star ratings in a similar way to hotel rankings.
It is hoped that the move will help to improve standards in care homes and will also allow people to make a more informed choice about where they wish to live.
According to a report in the Times, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) is to begin rating homes in England on a four star basis, with the best homes being awarded four star status.
"People can read our reports about individual homes, but until now there has been no way to make direct comparisons between homes," explained Dame Denise Platt, chairman of the CSCI.
Dame Denise added: "We hope that the new system will bring quality closer to price."
Full details of the scheme have not yet been made available and it is understood that the CSCI will publish a more in-depth explanation of how the plan will work in a consultation document next month. It is hoped that the scheme will be implemented from April next year.