Care homes for elderly people in Derbyshire are to benefit from a £390,000 government grant.
Derby City Council applied for the grant to help improve facilities such as walk-in showers and general redecoration in the care homes.
The money will be used for 30 care homes in and around Derby, including those run by the private sector.
Councillor Fareed Hussain said the extra money would help improve the quality of life for residents.
'Dignity in Care'
"The money will result in better facilities for the residents...as well as equipment that will help those who care for people in the homes," said Mr Hussain.
The money has come from the Department of Health's Dignity in Care fund.
Care services minister Ivan Lewis said: "I know how important it is for people living in care homes to have an environment they are happy in and that they are proud to call home.
"By distributing this funding, we are able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people and their families."
Improvements will include redecorating and upgrading dining rooms and lounges, enhancements to outside areas and conservatories and installing hearing loop systems.