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Care home room cost has soared
12:31pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
THE cost of a room in a care home has rocketed by 9.3 per cent in just two years, figures suggest.
To make matters worse, the south is the most expensive region.
In the last year alone the cost pensioners fork out for care rose by 3.5 per cent, said Prestige Nursing+Care.
The organisation, which provides temporary staff for nursing and care roles, said that since 2012 the average annual cost of a single room in a residential care home in England and Wales has risen by £963 to £28,367. This is £2,414 higher than in 2011.
A spokesman for the company, which assessed the costs of 165 private residential care homes, said that the gap between pensioners' annual income and care costs "continues to increase".
The south east is the most expensive region for elderly care homes with an annual cost of £32,048.
This is £7,405 more a year than in the north east where prices are lowest.
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