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Care Homes

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to a resident of a single room in (a) a residential older people’s home and (b) a nursing home. (283988)

The information requested is not collected by the Department.

According to the Laing and Buisson report “Care of Elderly People: UK Market Survey 2008” the average weekly costs for single rooms in private care homes for older people in England in 2008-09, is shown in the following table.

£

Care home with nursing

Care homes

Single

691

474

Sharing

584

416

People with less than £23,000 in capital can get help with the cost of residential care from their local authority social services department. According to the same report, 61 per cent. of the total cost of residential care is funded by social services, or by the national health service to cover nursing care.