Care Homes For Older People UK Market Report

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What the report covers

  • Market
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Payors
  • Historic Market Growth
  • Future Market Growth
  • Demand and Supply
  • Staffing
  • Operational Metrics – cost, fees and occupancy rates
  • Operational Models
  • Investment Models
  • Performance Measures
  • Major Providers
  • Market Structure
  • Investors
  • Market Potential
  • Appendices
    Trade Bodies
    Financial Appendix

Who is the report for

  • Operators of residential care and nursing homes
  • Homecare agencies and providers
  • Nursing agency operators
  • Local authority commissioners
  • CCG commissioners
  • Directors of adult social services
  • Care advisors
  • Banks and investors
  • Management consultants
  • Business advisors
  • Long-term care insurance providers
  • Central government
  • Think tanks
  • Policy writers


What You Get

  • Print package – single-user Printed Hard Copy
  • Digital package – Multi-user Digital PDF and Data in Excel


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Covid recovery and social care reforms – where next for care homes?

The 32nd edition of LaingBuisson’s Care Homes for Older People UK Market Report (528pp) is indispensable reading for advisors, investors, commissioners, policymakers and service providers involved in this dynamic and changing market.

“Looking at what happened during the pandemic, the broad conclusion is that while providers of care homes for older people incurred significantly more additional Covid costs than did other social care providers, mainly from reduced occupancy, the magnitude of the shock was not such as the threaten the financial stability of any well capitalised company. Evidence shows that the sector was resilient and certainly we have not yet detected any widespread home closures as a result of the national lockdowns.

“The greater existential threat for the sector comes from the government’s social care reforms. Although this policy is proving popular with the electorate, there is a very real possibility that the resulting reduction in private pay cross-subsidisation of local authority fees will destabilise the market unless the government is prepared to provide greater financial support.”

William Laing, Report Author

Read together with Homecare and Supported Living UK Market Report and Retirement Housing UK Market Report, Care Homes for Older People completes the series to give anyone with an interest in the care and support of the over 65s a comprehensive market picture not found anywhere else.

The report offers a backward view over the impact of the Covid pandemic. Loss of income from reduced occupancy continues to affect the sector, and occupancy is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023. As a silver lining, NHSX is sufficiently convinced of the need for the digitisation of care homes following the pandemic that it seems likely to make NHS funding available.

Social care reform is the sector’s next major challenge, in particular the implementation of Clause 18(3) of the Care Act 2014 and the Fair Cost of Care. These elements of the reforms are likely to reverse the trend to private pay driven by a growth in personal wealth – and which has been cross-subsidising publicly funded care home places. While popular politically, these reforms are likely to be highly disruptive to the care home market. Finding the balance between the state and the individual will be delicate.

These challenges and opportunities for UK care homes, alongside the potential for this important market, are fully discussed, alongside insight into the future potential for this dynamic market.

Published: 25th March, 2022

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