Care home fees
The cost of residential care can vary considerably by location and depends on whether you also require nursing care, which your care needs assessment will determine. If you do require nursing care
, this increases your care home costs even further. It is important to bear in mind that although you may not need nursing care now, this could change in the future. On average you can expect to pay around £29,250 a year in residential care costs, rising to over £39,300 a year if nursing care is necessary*.
Residential care costs are not the same in all parts of the UK, there are significant regional variations. See the table below for more information on average regional weekly care home fees around the UK for 2014/15.
*Laing & Buisson Care of Older People UK Market Report 2014/15.
| Region/Cost per week||Care home||Care home with nursing|
|East of England||£659|
|South East ||£669||£920|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||£513||£683|
Source: Laing & Buisson Care of Older People, UK Market Report 2014/15. 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; you will first 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.