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The cost of care homes for people with dementia in England: a modelling approach

Romeo, Renee, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Salverda, Suzanne, Orrell, Martin, Fossey, Jane and Ballard, Clive (2016) The cost of care homes for people with dementia in England: a modelling approach. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. ISSN 0885-6230

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Identification Number: 10.1002/gps.4637


Objectives To examine the cost of care for people with dementia in institutional care settings, to understand the major cost drivers and to highlight opportunities for service development. Methods Data on 277 residents with dementia in 16 UK residential or nursing homes were collected. We estimated care and support costs and fitted models to the data. Sensitivity analyses were also conducted. Results Care home residents cost £792 weekly: 95% of the costs accounted for by direct fees. Hospital contacts contributed the largest proportion of the additional costs. Having an established diagnosis of dementia (b = 0.070; p < 0.05) was associated with higher costs. No association was found between cost and needs (b = −0.002; p = 0.818). Conclusion The absence of an association between cost and needs emphasizes the importance of a more needs-based costing system which could result in clinical and economic advantages.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors © CC BY NC ND 4.0
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:58
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 22:42

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