How much are care home costs in Wales?

Care home costs in Wales 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 costs in Wales

Average weekly care home costs in Wales
RegionNursing care homeResidential care home

(from LaingBuisson’s ‘Care Homes for Older People’ UK market report, 30th edition, published December 2019 – based on single occupancy of a room, in a for-profit care home in 2018/2019)


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What is the first step to knowing how much care in Wales will cost?

The first step to finding out care home costs in Wales is to ask for a care needs assessment from the adult social services department of your local authority.

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.

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 care home costs 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 Wales.

Frequently asked questions

Are nursing homes in Wales free?
If you move into a nursing home, the NHS will cover the cost of care provided by a registered nurse. Paid weekly, this NHS-funded nursing contribution is offered to all residents of nursing care homes in Wales.

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

What is the savings threshold for care home fees in Wales?
As of April 2018, if you have assets worth £40,000 or more you will be expected to self-fund the full amount of your residential care home costs. However, it is recommended to seek financial advice as additional funding may be available.


Last updated 9 September 2020

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