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Elderly care costs outstrip pensions as demand grows

With serious concerns raised in the UK election over the costs of elderly care, a study in France has shown costs far exceed average pensions.

Monthly tariffs for Ehpad homes, for dependent old people, average €1,810 in the private sector and €1,708 in public, but the average pension is €1,376, with women often receiving lower pensions.

Comparison site said the bill for dependent older people was nearly €8.3billion a year with 72% of home residents needing Allo­cation Personnalisée d’Autonomie benefit to fund a stay.

There is a lack of places and highest demand is where there are few beds. Alpes-Maritimes, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Manche,  Mayenne and Loir-et-Cher have 18% of requests but only 5% of Ehpad care homes.

Our Inheritance Law helpguide has a large section on dependency care and retirement homes. Download a pdf for €9.90 from

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