Publication of Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland 2019-2020.

Date published: 19 November 2020

The Department of Health has today published Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland 2019-2020.

This publication presents analyses on a range of community activity gathered from HSC Trusts, and includes topics such as domiciliary care, re-ablement, meals on wheels, audiology service, day care, and accommodation services.

Key Facts and Figures:

  • At 30 June 2020, 11,808 residential and nursing home care packages were in effect.
  • Of the 11,808 care packages in effect, over two thirds (69%) were nursing home care packages and under one third (31%) were residential care packages.  
  • 454 persons, on average, were starting re-ablement service each month across Northern Ireland in 2019/20.
  • At 31 March 2020, 1,486 persons were in receipt of meals on wheels services.
  • At 31 March 2020, 6,552 persons were registered at statutory day care facilities. 


Notes to editors: 

1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the DoH.

2. This bulletin is published on an annual basis.

3. Statistics detailed within the bulletin include contacts with HSC Trusts, residential and nursing care packages in effect, meals on wheels, residential and nursing accommodation and day care registrations. Analyses are presented by HSC Trust.

4. Figures incorporate all returns and amendments received from HSC Trusts up to 06 November 2020.

5. This publication is available on the Department website

6. Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch               
Department of Health                     
Room 11
Annexe 2                                                      
Castle Buildings
Belfast BT4 3SQ

Telephone: (028) 9052 2342


Internet: Department of Health

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