Paying for Social Care and Support Long Term
- Paying for support
- Independent financial advice
- Other sources of funding
- Contact information
- Related links
- External links
Social care and support can help you to live the type of life you want, whether that is to remain living in your own home as independently as possible or to live in a care home.
In planning how you will be supported, now and in the future, and before considering individual providers, it is important to make informed decisions about:
- the right type of support to help you live your life – see help and support for adults
- the funding arrangements for your support – see care home funding for information sheets on a range of aspects of care home funding
Most social care and support services are means tested and if you receive services from the Council you may be required to pay towards the cost of your support.
Whether you are funding the total cost of your support or contributing towards it, Paying for long term care in England (pdf) provides a good overview of the things you should be considering. It also includes information about taking independent financial advice, which can help you plan your finances for the long term.
If you have ongoing healthcare needs you may be entitled to funding through NHS continuing healthcare. The member of staff helping you with your assessment will consider whether your support should be paid for by the NHS instead of social services.
The Council can help you with information about claiming Council tax and housing benefits or other benefits.
You may also be eligible to apply for grants.
- Help and support for adults
- Assessment for simple or shorter term support
- Assessment for longer term support
- Paying towards your support
- Benefits and allowances
- Care home funding
- Financial Assessment for Living in a Care Home
- The Money Advice Service gives free impartial information and advice about funding long term care and support.
Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013