Cost of care is rising rapidly, says older people’s charity
The cost of care at home for older people is rising rapidly, hitting up to £18 a hour, according to an annual survey of local authorities published by national charity Counsel and Care.
The average hourly charge for council care services is now £12.84, up from £11.06 in 2007 (a percentage increase of 16% on the previous year). The lowest charge among respondents is now £8.20 per hour, rising to the highest charge of £18.00 per hour.
The maximum weekly charge for care set across all the survey respondents is £256.10 on average against £184.82 for the previous year, a percentage increase of 39%. The highest maximum weekly charge is £450 per week and one-fifth of councils don’t even set a maximum charge.
For care in a residential home, the average standard rate paid by councils is £407.30 per week compared to an average of £379.35 per week in 2007.
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