The real cost of care

Thousands of families in England may be paying councils millions of pounds a year for care home places that should be free reveals our new report 'The real cost of care'.

The families are having to 'top-up' their elderly relatives' care home fees because some councils refuse to pay the full market cost themselves. Councils are required to provide an appropriate care home place to elderly people with few assets but the maximum rate they will pay in England is on average £452 a week, compared to an average real cost of £524.

Around 55,000 families pay top-up fees, and Independent Age has seen cases where families are asked to pay up to £300 a week extra for care that should be paid for by the council.

Our report, which outlines five ways our care home funding system penalises the average older person and their family, also shows how care home funding is a postcode lottery, with some councils in England willing to pay over £900 a week for care home places while neighbouring councils pay less than £400. This means that the top-up fees required of families can also vary widely.

 

Read the full press release here.

Read the full report here.

 

Sourced from Independent Age, 24th May 2012.