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Self-funders linked to outstanding ratings, ONS finds

An outstanding CQC rating is linked to self-funding residents, data from the ONS has revealed.

Care homes and estimating the self-funding population, England reveals that of English care homes with ratings, care homes rated outstanding had the highest proportion of self-funders (50.9 per cent) – compared to care homes rated inadequate, which had the lowest proportion of self-funding residents (24.0 per cent).

The report also shows a 3 per cent rise in the number of self-funders in England, or 2,888 residents. The self-funding population now stands at 137,480 or 37 per cent of all care home residents in England.

 The Southeast remained the region with the highest proportion of self-funders in care homes (47.5 per cent), which is statistically significantly higher than the Northeast, which had the lowest proportion of self-funders (26.4 per cent).

Care homes providing care for older people continue to support the highest proportion of self-funders (48.9 per cent). This compares to care homes for younger adults, which continues to have the lowest number of self-funding residents at 2 per cent).

Smaller care homes, with one to 19 beds continue to have the lowest proportion of self-funders (12 per cent).

On behalf of self-funding residents, Helen Morrissey, head of retirement analysis at Hargreaves Lansdown, said:It’s hugely difficult to save for care fees that can run into the tens of thousands of pounds per year. It’s a huge social issue that seems too tricky to tackle – but the need for action is urgent.”

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