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UK care home deaths 'are set to double'

By Jane Kirby

Care homes could overtake hospitals as the most common place to die, according to research.

Just over a fifth of people currently die in a care home, but experts predict the number will more than double by 2040. Experts from King's College London analysed data from 2004 to 2014 for deaths in England and Wales.

Over that period, the proportion of deaths that occurred in care homes increased from 17% to 21%, with numbers rising from 85,000 to 106,000 a year.

Calculations suggest this figure could rise to nearly 230,000 a year by 2040.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths in hospital fell between 2004 and 2014, to 241,335 in 2014, and this fall is expected to continue.

The researchers said most people prefer to die in the place they are usually cared for, including home, rather than in hospital.

They warned hospital deaths could rise again unless capacity increases in care homes.

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