Cost of care is rising rapidly, says older people’s charity

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

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.

More than two-thirds of councils surveyed only consider an older person eligible to r

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