Care home costs up but quality down, data reveals

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27:  In this photo illustration pound coins drop into a pile on November 27 2008 in Bristol, England. Many UK consumers are feeling the pinch as the financial crisis and economic downturn makes borrowing harder and more expensive and the recession starts to bite.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 27: In this photo illustration pound coins drop into a pile on November 27 2008 in Bristol, England. Many UK consumers are feeling the pinch as the financial crisis and economic downturn makes borrowing harder and more expensive and the recession starts to bite. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Care home prices surged by almost a quarter in 2016 while quality was down by almost 10%, according to data compiled by TrustedCare.co.uk

The analysis shows care home weekly fees up by 23% from £557 to £686 while the number of services rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ fell by 9%. Nursing homes weekly fees were up by 34% from £692 to £924.

Mark Walford, CEO of TrustedCare.co.uk, said: “The data shows once more that there is a complex mix of factors that affect the quality and cost of care, and that there isn’t a strong correlation between areas of affluence and local care quality as one might expect, despite a strong link to price of care. Instead, factors such as local employment markets, local authority commissioning rates and the level of co-operation between local NHS and social care teams are sure to play into the mix.

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“However, the CQC inspections provide only a snapshot of the service at a moment in time, therefore we appeal to those who are using or have used a care service, or their loved ones, to visit our website and share their experiences. This will help us to build an even more detailed picture of the market and help guide those who are in the process of looking for care and support.”

Herefordshire came out on top in terms of overall care quality with 92% of providers rated good, although this was down from 97% in 2015.

Berkshire came top for care home quality with 93% of services rated good.

Rutland was number one in the nursing home league table with both its services rated good.

West Yorkshire was the worst county in terms of overall care, care home and nursing home quality.

Buckinghamshire was the most expensive care home county with an average weekly fee of £907 while ranking 17th in terms of quality. East Yorkshire was the cheapest with an average fee of £511.

Nursing home residents in Rutland got what they paid for, however, with the county the most expensive (£1,200 per week) and the first in terms of quality. South Yorkshire was the cheapest with an average weekly fee of £670.

County league table by cost of care home
County Price Ranking Care Home Per Week Care Home Quality Rank Overall Quality Rank
Buckinghamshire 1 £907.33 17 22
Durham 2 £907 18 16
Oxfordshire 3 £900 33 37
Surrey 4 £866.20 40 38
Warwickshire 5 £855 7 4
Herefordshire 6 £848 5 1
Berkshire 7 £843 1 7
Rutland 8 £829 39 3
Hampshire 9 £801.71 28 33
Dorset 10 £799 14 14
Gloucestershire 11 £787 23 18
Suffolk 12 £784.33 22 17
Wiltshire 13 £765 37 34
Hertfordshire 14 £736 11 11
West Sussex 15 £727 29 28
Worcestershire 16 £727 4 2
Devon 17 698 13 12
East Sussex 18 £694.92 34 39
Kent 19 £689.77 38 32
Isle of Wight 20 £682.70 43 43
Somerset 21 £676 19 21
Greater London 22 £672.30 15 20
Bedfordshire 23 £666 6 13
Shropshire 24 £660 2 3
Essex 25 £654 9 6
Cheshire 26 £651 12 23
Leicestershire 27 £646.53 42 40
Cambridgeshire 28 £639 21 10
North Yorkshire 29 £638 27 25
Tyne and Wear 30 £628.56 32 36
Bristol >31 £628 30 42
Cumbria >31 £628 20 9
Lincolnshire 32 £623.42 16 24
West Midlands 33 £620 25 27
Northumberland 34 £611.31 44 44
Cornwall 35 £607 8 8
Northamptonshire 36 £598 3 5
Norfolk 37 £590.57 35 29
West Yorkshire 38 £584 47 47
Staffordshire 39 £580.27 45 45
Nottinghamshire 40 £579 41 41
Derbyshire 41 £554 10 15
Merseyside 42 £549 36 35
Greater Manchester 43 £548.16 46 46
South Yorkshire 44 £537 31 31
Lancashire 45 £528.30 26 26
East Yorkshire 46 £511 24 30

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