Elderly care home beds, fees and funding 2016 – 2018

Please may you answer the following short questionnaire (below) regarding elderly care in the Devon County local authority area. All the information received will be anonymised and will be used as part of a full UK study.

What overall number of care home beds for over 65-year olds (in total and for nursing beds) were occupied/vacant in the Devon County local authority area? Please fill in the following table. 

We do not hold this information. Care home bed vacancy data is the responsibility of the commercial residential care home market and is not provided to us

What number of care home residents over the age of 65 who currently have their care home fees paid by the local authority? Please complete the table below.  

As our previous response above, the council does not know how many beds there are therefore we do not know what the percentage will be.

What are the standard fees rates for Local Authority funded care home beds for the over 65s for both Nursing and Residential Care? Please complete the following table.

 January 2016July 2016January 2017January  2017July 2018July 2018Currently
Residential care beds fee rates for over 65s.Standard £442Standard £468Standard £468Standard £468Standard £504 All new placements are on personalised feeStandard £504 All new placements are on personalised feeStandard £504 All new placements are on personalised fee
Residential care beds fee rates for over 65s.Enhanced £471Enhanced £500Enhanced £500Enhanced £500

Enhanced £538

All new placements are on personalised fee.

Enhanced £538

All new placements are on personalised fee.

Enhanced £538

All new placements are on personalised fee.

Nursing care beds fee rates for over 65s.Standard £474Standard £503Standard £503Standard £503

Standard £536.84

All new placements are on personalised fee.

 

Standard £536.84

All new placements are on personalised fee.

 

Standard £536.84

All new placements are on personalised fee.

 

Devon County Council has operated a personalised fee structure since June 2018. Rates in the table above since this date therefore only apply to legacy business and not new placements made since June 2018.

Do these fee rates vary based on the quality of care or the facilities available? If yes, please give details. 

No, the council pays based on individual care needs.

What number of care home occupants over the age 65, are currently funded by the NHS (either directly or through a clinical Commissioning Group/ Continuing Healthcare)?  

The council does not hold this information 

What number of local authority funded residents pay a top up fee? 

465 individuals were paying a top up fee on 01/02/2019 

Are the care home rooms for over 65-year olds required to have any of the following in order for a resident funded by the local authority to be placed there: 

An en-suite WC?

This is not a requirement but in all instances the care home must be suitable to meet the person’s needs 

Single occupancy room (excluding couples)?

A care home service is provided in a single room unless it is the Service User’s expressed wish to share a room 

A minimum care regulatory rating?

If a care home was rated as inadequate we would suspend placements there until we are satisfied that it has improved

Any additional criteria?

A Care Home must sign a contact with us in order for us to place with them. 

In the last complete financial year, how much money did the local authority spend on all forms of social care and support? Please may you also include the dates that your financial year covers?  

The last complete financial year was 2017/18, covering the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

Adult Care and Health services 2017/18 net expenditure was £212.716m

Children’s Social Work & Child Protection services 2017/18 net expenditure was £81.573m 

Of the amount mentioned in question 8, how much of this was spent on social care for the over 65s, including all forms of social care and support? 

£87,674,000 

Of the amount mentioned in question 9, how much of this was spent on care homes for the over 65s? 

£51,109,000

Currently, how many over 65-year olds who receive local authority funding for a care home bed, are placed outside the local authority boundary?  

298 over 65-year olds were placed outside the local authority boundary on 01/02/2019