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Care Homes

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL4559, tabled on 9 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many residential care beds there were in England in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, and (3) 2015.

Answered on

22 January 2018

The total number of beds in care homes remains broadly static but high quality care is not just about care home beds. Of those aged 65 and over who need local authority support, 62% are cared for in their own home. The number of home care agencies in England has increased by 55% since 2010 (3,184 more agencies).

The following table shows the number of residential and nursing care home beds in England.

Residential care home beds

Nursing care home beds

Total beds

End March 2005




End March 2010




1 April 2015





2005: Commission for Social Care Inspection (excludes 178 non-medical care home beds).

2010 onwards: Care Quality Commission (CQC). The 2015 data was calculated from the published CQC Care Directory With Filters which is only available online. Beds in care homes offering both residential and nursing services are treated as nursing beds, as the CQC data does not provide a residential/nursing split within each care home.