About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides information on care home services funded by local authorities in Scotland throughout financial year 2022/23. This includes number of people residing in a care home for at least one or more days during the year, the type and median length of stay, demographic breakdown of care home residents and service provider of the care home. It also reports emergency healthcare for the long-term residents. The information in this publication differs to the information presented in PHS's Care Home Census which reports on number of care homes, registered places, residents, admissions and discharges for all care home placements regardless of the source of funding.

Main points

  • During 2022/23 there were almost 50,000 people who resided in a care home. This was an increase of 5% from 2021/22 and the majority of people were long stay residents.
  • The majority of care home residents in 2022/23 were aged 85 or over. There were nearly 3 times as many females than males within that age group.
  • Around 80% of all local authority funded stays are resident within a private care home.
  • In 2022/23 63.3% of long stay residents received nursing care, this is an increase of 0.7% percentage points from 2021/22.
  • In Quarter 4 (January - March) 2022/23 around 8% of long stay residents had an emergency admission to hospital and around 10% of long stay residents attended A&E.
Image caption Number of people supported in a Care Home by type of stay, Scotland, 2018/19 - 2022/23


Care Homes provide accommodation and personal care for people who need extra support in their daily lives.  Information is provided for people who reside in a Care Home and are fully or partially funded by the Local Authority.  Note people entirely self-funding their care home placement are not included.  The data in this report differs from the care home census report as it reports on people who have been in a care home one or more days in the year and are fully or partially funded by the Local authority.

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

In order to develop these statistics and due to the changes in the collection and processing, 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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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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