Care costs break £50k threshold


Posted on February 1st, by editor in CT Extra. No Comments

Caring for someone aged over 65 now costs an average of £50,000 if they are to be adequately supported in their later years.

A new report commissioned by Bupa shows that the total average cost of care is higher than previous Government estimates because they have excluded accommodation costs from the total. Bupa believes that ‘hotel’ costs of living in a care home (such as utilities and food) should be part of the social care package so policy makers and the public estimate the true cost of care and can better prepare for older age.
The new research, was undertaken for Bupa by the Personal Social Services Research Unit which Bupa hopes will help inform Andrew Dilnot’s Commission on Funding of Care and Support, which is looking into how best to fund adult social care in the future.
It reveals that most people will need some social care support in their lifetime and that nearly one in five (17%) of over-65s will need long-term care costing more than £100,000. Under current arrangements, most people have to make some contribution towards this, with





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Shuffling to some purpose – or just fancy footwork?

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

Spare a thought if you will for the hard pressed people who have to update government information. Well into 2018, for...

Life support for the NHS

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

To outline a comprehensive remedy for the ongoing and worsening woes of the beleaguered NHS would take a little more...

A flight of festive fancy

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Christmas Past: It’s cold outside but inside the care home the star atop the tree beams its rays of hope...