Care home fees

The cost of residential care can vary hugely by location and depends on whether you require nursing care, which your care needs assessment will determine. If you do require nursing care, this increases your care home costs considerably. 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 £28,500 a year in residential care costs, rising to over £37,500 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 2013/14.

Source: Laing & Buisson Care of Older People, UK Market Report 2013/14.

 Region/Cost per weekCare homeCare home with nursing
East Midlands
£555£687
East of England
£604
£788
London
£625£825
North East
£515£591
North West
£480£673
Northern Ireland
£476£656
Scotland
£596£743
South East
£641£874
South West
£592£791
Wales
£497£603
West Midlands
£513£694
Yorkshire and the Humber
£489£655

 

Source: Laing & Buisson Care of Older People, UK Market Report 2013/14. 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 advisers can help

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 medical assessment determined by your local Adult 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 great and 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.