Charging for Social Care
Residential and nursing care funding
How do I get funding for residential or nursing care?
You will be given an outcomes assessment by a social worker, and if residential or nursing care is appropriate, you will then have a financial assessment. If you have capital (excluding property) below the set limit you can receive Council funding. You can find out the current limit by contacting the Financial Assessments Team.
How much will I be asked to contribute towards my care?
A Visiting Assessments Officer will arrange to meet with you and/or your financial representative to carry out a financial assessment. A Financial Assessments Officer will then calculate your anticipated weekly income by totalling:
- existing income, such as state pension, occupational pensions etc
- the amount of Income Support/Pension Credit you would receive if you went into residential or nursing care
Your contribution is your total weekly income less a standard amount set by the Government for your weekly personal expenses. The Financial Assessments Officer will send you or your representative a provisional assessment of your likely contribution towards care.
If the provisional assessment includes money from Income Support or Pension Credit, you will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (08456 060 265) to either make a new claim or ask for your current claim to be reassessed. This should be done as soon as the planned admission date to residential or nursing care is known.