Highest fees rise in South East of England

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

The care home sector is going through significant changes at the moment and one of the most authoritative sources of information is the annual A-Z Care Homes Guide. The 2005 Guide gives details of some 11,120 Care Homes, 5,313 Care Homes with Nursing and 557 independent hospitals, clinics and hospices. The information provided uses figures from 2003 and 2004 questionnaire returns from care homes. Average charge rates Average charge rates for care homes only (previously called residential homes) rose faster for private homes(6.3% in 2004 compared with 2003) than for voluntary homes (4.8%). This contrasts with the previous year when voluntary home fees had risen faster. The highest fee rise for private homes happened in the South East (6.8%) and East Anglia (6.7%) and the lowest in Wales (5.9%) and N. Ireland (1.6%). A similar picture emerged for voluntary homes apart from an astonishing 13% rise in the North, and a miserly 2.8% rise in the West Midlands and a strange 6.7% fall in the North East. Nursing homes

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