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4. Choosing a Care Home Provider

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This article has been created to provide advice on what to look for and the questions you should ask when choosing a care home.

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Average cost of Care Homes in the UK

For the majority of us it is impractical to consider moving into a care home anywhere other than our home town. Location is almost always chosen based on where we have family ties.

However, the huge variation in the average cost of care across the UK makes it worth considering moving to a different location to receive care. Between the North-East and South-East of England there is a variant of over £10,000 per annum in the average cost of care per year.

It is undeniable that the average cost of care is significantly higher in the South of England, compared to the North of England. Interestingly, the percentage of people self-funding their care is also significantly higher in the South of England, opposed to the North.

The National Audit Office published data in 2012 which shows the percentage of people in England self-funding their care; the undeniable trend being that 30% more people self-fund their care in the South of England. The one exception to this is London, with only 15% more people self-funding their care in London than in the North-East of England.

If you are self-funding your care and have the freedom to move location you will save approximately £10,000 per annum if you opt for a care-home in the North of England over the South of England.

To see the average cost of care in your county please view our Care Map.