Carterwood Index | Elderly care homes

Welcome to our quarterly snapshot of the elderly care home market, tracking the essential market statistics for Great Britain: the Carterwood Index.

This dashboard enables not only provides a picture of the current market, but of trends over time to help improve your decision making.

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In this update, we share our updated research into the size of the elderly care home market, analyse the asset quality of operational homes and take a look at the quality and type of care currently provided. We also delve into elderly care home openings and closures, share our self-funded fee research, update you on the predicted shortfall of en-suite and wetroom elderly care home accommodation and take a glance at essential planning statistics.

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All figures are GB, unless otherwise stated. Updated May 2024.

Sources: Carterwood, CQC, SCI, CIW, Office for National Statistics (or just ONS), Glenigan, Planning Pipe.

Due to variances in when our sources update their data, there may be a delay in details being updated in our database and some data may have changed since previous publications. Certain details (including registration categories, registration ID and open status) affect whether or not a home would meet the criteria to be included in this data, and may be subject to these variances and delays.

  • Av. = average.
  • 2024 figures are YTD figures according to our most recent update.
  • Top 20 refers to the top 20 operators in the sector, determined by those with the highest number of elderly care home beds.
  • ‘% of decisions granted’ data point is of those applications with a decision.
  • Average size of granted schemes is recorded in beds.

Regional variations

  • CQC ratings apply to England only.


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