Nursing Homes provide nursing care 24 hours a day and there are about 12000 of them in the United Kingdom alone. Most are privately run and all have to be registered with a Local Authority. Some are supported by voluntary organisations such as the Elizabeth Finn Trust which was founded as the Distressed Gentlefolk‘s Aid Association more than a hundred years ago.
In 1897 a few kindly people got together to help one of their neighbours who had fallen on hard times and the DGAA was born. Great social change has taken place since then but the needs of the elderly in reduced circumstances remains the same. The Elizabeth Finn Trust aims to relieve need and distress among people from a professional, similar or closely associated background, of British and Irish nationality and their immediate families regardless of religious denomination, political opinion, age or place of residence.