About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides information on people receiving care at home support and services in Scotland for financial year 2022/23. This includes number and rates of people receiving care at home services and number of hours of care provided. It also reports emergency healthcare for some of these clients.

Main points

  • The number of people who received Care at Home support in 2022/23 was similar to 2021/22, at 89,620.
  • The number of hours of Care at Home received in 2022/23 was just over 37.7 million. This is an increase of around 3% from 2021/22.
  • Around 90% of people receiving Care at Home services in Quarter 4 (January-March) 2022/23 receive personal care.
  • Throughout 2022/23 Local Authorities provided just under half of the Care at Home services (46%), followed by the Private sector (45%).
  • In 2022/23 over 50% of people receiving Care at Home also had a community alarm or telecare.


Image caption Number of people receiving Care at Home in Scotland 2018/19 - 2022/23


Care at Home is care tailored to the needs of an individual that is provided in a person’s own home. Packages of care can include support with personal care (for example bathing and hair washing) but also support with other tasks around the house (for example cleaning or meal preparation).  

Information is provided for people whose Care at Home service is fully or partially funded by the Local Authority. The services can be delivered through Local Authority in-house teams, independent providers and the Third Sector.  Note people entirely self-funding their care are not included.

Not all partnerships were able to provide on care at home service/support and estimates are included. Further information on data completeness and estimation are provided in the dashboards.  

Due to data collection and processing changes, and to give users the opportunity to provide feedback on their development, the figures in this release are classified as 'Experimental Statistics'. Further information on the data collection is available on the PHS website.

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Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 21 March 2024
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