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Paying for residential care - how much does it cost?

The cost of residential care homes can vary depending on where it is and what facilities are offered. 

The care home fees should cover your accommodation, food and the care you receive from staff. You may need to pay separately for things like newspapers, outings or services such as chiropody and hairdressing.

As a guide, the average weekly fee, without nursing care in the South West is around £655 a week (£34,060 a year). Homes that provide nursing care will cost more. (Figures from research by LaingBuisson for their Care of older people UK market report, 28th edition, published May 2017).

It's important to note that care homes normally increase their fees each year.

Financial planning

Independent financial advice is always available to guide you through your financial options. There may be a number of solutions to retaining your capital whilst paying for care.

We also have information on financial care planning.

Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.

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