The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s.


The “care calculator” covers both residential care and the support provided in people’s own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing.

Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs wherever they live in the UK.

It also gives details about how the systems differ in the four nations – since devolution, the way services are organised has diverged.

The ageing population means there is an increasing focus on care services – and how they link up with the NHS.

About 420,000 people live in care homes across the UK, while another 1m get help in their own home.

Some people pay for all their care, while others get help from their local councils towards their fees.

There are another 1.5 million people who rely on friends and family for support.


How UK care fees compare


people live in care homes

1 in 3

pay for themselves

  • £574 avg weekly fee in England
  • £513 avg weekly fee in Wales
  • £510 avg weekly fee in Scotland
  • £492 avg weekly fee in N Ireland

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