Care fee top-ups on the increase, NHS Digital finds

The proportion of people receiving council funded or managed care,  who report that they or their family pay for some of their care and support, has risen from 35.3 per cent in 2016/17 to 36.7 per cent in 2017/18, according to figures released by NHS Digital.

Other findings include:

  • 65.0 per cent of service users report being extremely or very satisfied with the care and support they receive compared to 2.0 per cent who report being extremely or very dissatisfied
  • A greater proportion of people in residential or nursing care reported feeling as safe as they want (86.8 per cent and 82.7 per cent respectively), compared to those in a community setting (63.6 per cent)
  • Service users with a primary support reason of learning disabilities report the highest level of feeling of control over their daily lives (42.9 per cent) compared to service users with a primary support reason of physical support (29.8 per cent).

The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England 2017-18, provides data collected from around 65,000 service users on topics such as their satisfaction with the care and support they receive, social contact, control over their daily lives and feeling safe.

Also out today is Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, England 2017-18, which includes the number of applications for a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS), the number completed during the year and the length of time taken to complete applications.  Regional data is available within this report.

Also available is a new guide to social care available on the NHS website. This guide for the public can be reused by care providers on their own websites (free syndication service).

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