Each care home will provide you with accurate up-to-date information on the fees they set and explain what services are provided and the costs of all services.
How much you pay depends on your financial situation and we will discuss all of this clearly with you and your family at your assessment.
Everyone we assess as needing a care home will also be assessed on their ability to contribute towards the cost of that care. We will speak to you about the financial details we need to carry out this financial assessment.
We take a number of factors into account including ownership of property to pensions, benefits and savings. This assessment allows us to determine the contribution you need to make towards the cost of your care.
As part of that process we make sure you are claiming all the benefits to which you are entitled from the Department for Work and Pensions.
We will give you and your family a clear explanation of how this is calculated and tell you how much you will have to pay before you move into the home.
Will I be entitled to Free Personal Care?
On July 2002 allowances for Free Personal Care were introduced for people aged 65 and over. Free nursing care was also introduced for care homes residents of all ages. The assessment that your social worker carries out will decide whether you need residential or nursing care and this in turn will decide which free personal and nursing care allowances you are entitled to.
If you have assets valued at below £17,000 the contribution you pay will be based on your income. If you have assets valued at between £17,000- £27,250 the rate will vary and if you have assets of over £27,250 you will have to pay all of the costs of care yourself.
Subject to an assessment, personal care can include:
- Personal hygiene (such as bathing and showering).
- Continence management (such as toileting or changing the bed).
- Food and diet (including help with food preparation).
- Problems of immobility (help to move around).
- Counselling and support.
- Simple medication (like creams or eye drops).
- Personal assistance (such as dressing or going to bed).
You may still need to be financially assessed to contribute towards the cost of the following services:
- Community alarms.
- The cost of your accommodation and food if you are in a care home (a nursing home or a residential home).
From April 2018 a flat rate payment of £174.00 per week for personal care for those aged 65 and over and paying all of their care costs was introduced. A flat rate nursing care payment of £79.00 per week for both those over and under 65 years who pay all of their care costs was also introduced. For those over 65 years, requiring personal and nursing care, a flat rate of £253.00 applies.
You must ask us to carry out a full assessment of the level of care you need so we can let you know if you are eligible for free personal and nursing care payments. We pay any free personal and nursing care payments directly to your care home.
We have set levels of fees which it is able to pay for accommodation in private and voluntary care homes. They are currently as follows:
Residential Care - Single Room £593.89 (2018/19)
Nursing Care - Single Room £689.73 (2018/19)
Please note: rates are reviewed in April every year. These prices are correct as at April 2018. For up-to-date details please phone 01592 583136
Finance Service will help you to claim all the benefits you could be entitled to from the Department for Work and Pensions, which will go towards the cost of your care. For further assistance please call us on 03451 55 11 55 and select option 4.
Please speak to someone at your Local Social Work Office for more information. Back To Top