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National Statistics
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Community Care Statistics, Home help and care services for adults: England, 2005

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2005


The Statistical Report and Internet tables present information provided by Councils with Social Services Responsibilities (CSSRs) relating to home care services purchased or provided during a survey week in September 2005. Details were collected on the number of home care contact hours provided by each sector and the number of households receiving services. In addition, information on the total number of hours and total number of visits received from each sector was collected.

Key Facts

During the survey week in September 2005

An estimated 3.6 million contact hours were provided to around 354,500 households (or 367,700 clients). Compared with 2004 this represents an increase in the number of contact hours of 6% and a slight fall in the number of households receiving home care of 0.4%.

The average number of contact hours per household was 10.1. In 2004, the average number of contact hours was 9.4. This suggests that more intensive services are being provided for a smaller number of service users, continuing the trend seen over the last 10 years.

Around 98,200 households (28% of households) received intensive home care in 2005 (defined as more than 10 contact hours and 6 or more visits during the week). This represents a 6% increase from the 2004 figure of 92,300.

Around 48% of households who received home care received more than 5 hours of care and 6 or more visits. In 2004, around 46% of households receiving care had over 5 hours care and 6 or more visits.

15% of households receiving care had only a single visit during the week compared with 16% in 2004. In the vast majority of cases the visit lasted 2 hours or less.

73% of the total contact hours of home care were provided by the independent sector to 250,200 households. This compares with 70% of contact hours and 236,800 households in 2004.

Around 15,400 households were receiving home care from both the CSSR directly and the independent sector, a 5% increase from the 2004 figure of 14,700.

ISBN Reference: 1846360439


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