TRUSTEDCARE Somerset has carried out a study comparing the shift in weekly residential and nursing care fees over a five-year period from 2017 to 2022.

Their findings show that residential care costs have risen by an eye-watering average of 57 per cent over the past five years for individuals who are funding their own care.

In 2017, the average cost of residential care quoted for a privately funded individual was £694 per week, while it now stands at £1,090 per week.

Unsurprisingly, nursing home fees have also risen by an average of 33 per cent from £928 in 2017 to £1,233 in 2022.

The north west has seen the biggest increase in residential and nursing care fees with a 69 per cent upsurge in residential fees and a 41 per cent increase in nursing fees.

The cost of residential care is next highest in the south east (£1,254), followed by the south west (£1,155).

Looking at the map, the average cost of care is generally higher in the south and gets lower the further north you go. 

TrustedCare’s study on how the quality of care has evolved over the past five years showed that 82 per cent of the region's care homes and nursing homes were rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

This puts them in third place in terms of care quality, outdone by the south west with 86 per cent and the North East with 85 per cent.

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