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The first step to knowing how much care homes in England will cost


The first step is to ask for a care needs assessment from the adult social services department of your local council.

There is no cost for a care needs assessment. A care needs assessment may be carried out online, over the telephone, or face to face and the results will include recommendations about whether care is needed, and if so, what type of care.

The care needs assessment will also help identify whether your needs require the support of specialist nurses in a nursing care home, or if your needs can be managed in a residential care home without dedicated nursing support.

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Regardless of your financial status, you must arrange a needs assessment through your council’s social work department before contracting with any care service providers. Failure to do so may jeopardise your eligibility for care funding, and possibly delay admission into a care home.

If a care home is needed, you can then start to look at the cost of care homes and how you will pay for this.

If you can continue to live at home, we can also help you understand the cost of domiciliary care (care in your own home) providers in England.

How much does a care home in England cost?


The cost of a care home in England will depend on whether it is a residential care home or a nursing home.

A residential care home only has care staff, so it is appropriate for people who need assistance with their daily activities such as washing, dressing and meal preparation.

A nursing home is very like a residential care home, but the main difference is there are always trained nurses on duty for anyone who has an ongoing nursing/medical requirement. 

The table below gives a breakdown of average weekly residential and nursing care home fees for each part of England:


Average weekly costs of care homes in England

(2016-2017 research by LaingBuisson)

RegionNursing care homeResidential care home
East Midlands£725£578
East of England£986£673
Greater London£949£741
North East£666£563
North West£766£511
South East£1,041£702
South West£927£655
West Midlands£837£573
Yorkshire and Humber£755£546

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Are care homes free in England?
Unfortunately staying at a care home in England is not free, however depending on your specific situation there is funding available to help support the costs. It is recommended to seek financial support to discuss the options available to you.

How much do residential care homes and nursing homes in England cost?
The average cost of care homes in England, varies greatly depending on where you live. In greater London you can expect to pay £949 per week for nursing home care and £741 a week for residential care homes.

Is funding available to help with the costs of care homes in England?
Council funding for care home accommodation is linked to a person’s savings and assets. If you have less than £14,250 you could qualify for full support.

Do you have to sell your house to pay care home fees in England?
Depending on your financial position you may need to sell your home to pay care home fees. However, there are circumstances where your house would not be included in the financial assessment, so it is recommended to always seek financial advice. 

Questions about funding care?

Care Sourcer’s friendly care experts are on hand to provide guidance on typical care costs, help you explore your funding and benefit options, or even negotiate care fees on your behalf.

Call us on freephone: 0800 098 8299 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

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