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Self-funders drop by 12.5 per cent post-Pandemic, ONS reports

The number of self-funded care home residents in England dropped by almost 12.5 per cent in the year to February 2022, compared to pre-coronavirus pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The report, Care homes and estimating the self-funding population, England, highlights a fall in the proportion of residents who self-fund care from 36.7 per cent of the total to 34.9 per cent.

This accompanies a 7.9 per cent drop in the total number of care home residents in England to 360,792, compared to 2019-20.

The report finds that the South East had the highest proportion of self-funders in care homes (44.1 per cent), compared to the North East, which had the lowest (21.5 per cent). Deprivation is also a strong indicator of self-funding status.

Smaller care homes, with up to 19 beds have the lowest proportion of self-funders (12.5 per cent), and care homes for older people  the highest (47.1 per cent).

Will Donnelly, co-founder of Lottie, believes the figures reflect the rising cost of living and of providing care. has impacted the number of self-funding care home residents:

However, he says: “Bed occupancy has dramatically lowered [but] it has recovered much quicker than predicted.”

  • Lottie has also published a survey of cities ranked by care home review score.

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