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Social care is not always free and is often means tested. In most cases, you will have to pay for it, and various factors can influence the cost of care. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you have the resources necessary to provide for your care as you age.

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Benefits and entitlements

As they age, older adults in the UK can access a range of benefits designed to support them in their later years. Discover information about forms of support and entitlements that can contribute to a more satisfying retirement.

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Planning later life

Explore our articles about planning for the future which involves making informed decisions about health, finances, and living arrangements to maintain independence and ensure peace of mind.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about care costs

Discover insightful answers to frequently asked questions regarding care cost advice for the elderly. Topics covered include costs for elderly care and other resources to ensure affordability and quality of care.

How much does elderly care cost?

Based on UK averages, on a monthly basis, the average cost of residential care is over £3,200, and nursing care in a care home costs on average over £4,200. It's important to note that costs can vary, depending on factors such the level of care required, the specific services needed, and the location in the UK. Care homes specialising in services such as dementia care may charge higher fees. It's worth noting that financial assistance or benefits may be available to those who qualify, which can help offset some of the costs. For the most accurate and up-to-date cost information, it's advisable to speak with care providers and local authorities in the specific region where care is needed.

Who pays for elderly care in the UK?

Around half of UK residents aged 65 and over self-fund their residential care, while the other half are state-funded. Eligibility for state funding depends on factors such as location and savings. Self-funders may be able to claim Attendance Allowance or receive help with nursing care costs. To determine financing, a needs assessment and financial assessment will be conducted. Contact your local authority or council for a free needs assessment.

What is the average cost of a care home per week UK?

The weekly cost of living in a residential care home averages at over £900, whereas nursing home costs are on average over £1,000 per week. The cost of care homes varies based on the type of care provided. For instance, a residential care home that provides support with daily activities such as bathing and dressing is less expensive than a nursing home with round-the-clock support from specialised nursing staff for all residents.

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