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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, Changes in the Older Care Home Resident Population at Local Authority Level between 2001 and 2011

Released: 05 December 2014


Jodie Withers

Census Analysis, Public Policy Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455591

Categories: Health and Social Care, Social Care, Social Care Clients, Care of the Elderly

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County, Region

Survey name(s): Census

  • Among English regions and Wales, the South East and North East had the highest proportion of usual residents aged 65 and over residing in care homes (3.5%) in 2011; the North East also had the highest proportion of those aged 85 and over (15.2%).

  • The largest percentage change in the number of care home residents aged 65 and over between 2001 and 2011 was in London (9.4%), which outstripped the 65 and over usual resident population growth of 1.5%.

  • The four local authorities with the highest proportion of usual residents aged 65 and over residing in care homes in 2011 were all in the South East, with Hastings (6.1%) the highest.

  • Among those aged 85 and over, the top five local authorities all had more than a fifth of their population residing in care homes, with Rossendale (22.8%) the highest.

  • Kensington and Chelsea was the only local authority where the proportion of men (3.7%) who were care home residents aged 65 and over was higher than that of women (2.2%) in 2011.

Results from the 2011 Census include information about the number and characteristics of residents of communal establishments, including care homes . This analysis builds on an earlier release and looks in more depth at the changes in the older care home resident population between 2001 and 2011. It focuses on change at regional and local authority level and on differences in the proportions of  care home residents among those aged 65 and over and those aged 85 and over.

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