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Care Homes: Life Expectancy

Question for Department of Health

UIN 8937, tabled on 5 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average life expectancy is of an elderly resident in a care home.

Answered on

13 September 2017

The average costs in an elderly residential care home in the private and public sector are below

- Residential care for age 65+, external provision: £534 per week in 2015/16;

- Residential care for age 65+, in house provision: £789 per week in 2015/16; and

- The data suggests that only 5.7% of local authority funded age 65+ residential care weeks were in in-house facilities.

The source is:

The Department does not hold any data on average life expectancy of elderly residents in care homes – however the Department does hold published data on a resident’s length of stay in a care home where a service user’s stay ends due to their death. While this is occasionally used as a measure for life expectancy, this does not record stays for individuals in care homes where their stay ended because they moved from one home to another.

The statistics show that the average length of stay in a single residential care home in England that ended in a service users’ death was around 26 months, although this statistic does not include any previous stays in other homes.

The published source is: