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No option but to pay!
Citizens Advice’s analysis finds that yearly care home fees increased on average by £900 across England in the last financial year.  In one region residential care home fees rose over £2,000 on average in the same period.  Whilst care home fees are usually based on a weekly rate, and often paid for monthly by direct debt, a mystery shopping investigation of 404 care homes across England reveals that 8% only give a week’s notice that their fees are going to rise.  This means that, after just 1 week, residents have to start paying the higher price, which could cost them an average of £52 extra a month.

CAB:  Thousands of older people at the mercy of care home price rises

It’s one thing to pay for you own care, but why should ‘silver savers’ have to subsidise the care of those who didn’t save?