Average cost of residential care rises 5.3 pc, authorities report

Average costs of elderly residential rose 5.3 per cent during 2018-19 – from £604 per week in 2017-18 to £636 per week in 2018/19, according to new official data.

What’s more, according to NHS Digital’s Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England – 2018-19, the average cost of nursing care for the same age band (65+ years) increased 6.3 per cent – from £638 per week in 2017/18 to £678 per week in 2018/19.

In total, local authorities handled an extra 195 requests for support each day during 2018-19, adding 600,000 to the 1.3 million requests handled the year previously.

However, during the year, the number of clients receiving long term care continued its three-year decline, to 841,850. The decline is mainly attributed to a decrease in clients aged 65 and over receiving long term care, down 39,060 to 548,435 since 2015-16.

According to a separate report, Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS) England 2018-19, 20.8 per cent of social care users receive services in residential care and 8.5 per cent (53,510) receive services in nursing care. This compares to 70.8 per cent who receive services in the community.

The report finds that long term care demanded the largest increase in expenditure during 2018-19, an increase in cash terms of 2.6 per cent in real terms to £14.6 billion.  

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