Care home fees

In the UK you can expect to pay on average around £31,200 a year in residential care costs, rising to over £43,700 a year if nursing care is necessary*. 

The cost of residential care can vary considerably by location and depends on whether you also require nursing or dementia care.

A care needs assessment will determine the type of care and support you need. If you do require nursing or dementia care your costs are likely to be more than for straightforward residential care. It is important to bear in mind that although you may not need nursing care now, this could change in the future.

See the table below for more information on average regional weekly care home fees around the UK for 2016/17.

*Laing & Buisson Care of Older People UK Market Report 2016/17.

 Region/Cost per weekCare homeCare home with nursing
East Midlands
£578£725
East of England
£673
£986
London
£741£949
North East
£563£666
North West
£511£776
Northern Ireland
£516£670
Scotland
£639£852
South East
£702£1,041
South West
£655£927
Wales
£566£769
West Midlands
£573£837
Yorkshire and the Humber
£546£755

Source: Laing & Buisson Care of Older People, UK Market Report 2016/17. Please be aware the above figures are regional averages. Please note that these costs can be considerably higher depending on the quality of the accommodation and facilities offered.


How do I choose a care home?

It is important that you are happy in your choice of care home and that it has the right facilities for you. To a great extent what you will need from a care home is determined by the assessment carried out by your local Adult Social Services department.

Different care homes offer varying degrees of care. First of all you will need to find out what type of care homes are available to you locally and what they offer. You can find care homes in your area from:


Once you have drawn up a list of care homes that you think might meet your specific needs, then it is time to arrange some visits. It is essential that you visit any care home you are considering in order to meet the staff and residents. You may want a close family member to accompany you on these visits to help you make a decision.

This process of choosing a care home should not be rushed. If possible, you should plan more than one visit to each care home you are considering to see what they are like at different times of day. For example, visiting at meal times will help you not only determine the quality of the food, but will also let you assess how the residents and staff interact.

Once you have chosen the care home that you prefer, the question is, can it accommodate you? There is a growing demand for care home places, so an opening at your preferred care home may not be available now. Plan ahead and ensure you have a list of residential care homes to choose from.