Unlike NHS services, social care and support services are
not automatically free of charge for everyone. You will be expected to pay a contribution towards your care and support unless your circumstances show that you cannot afford to do so.
If you have been discharged from hospital into a care home after 19 March 2020, your stay will be paid for by the NHS for a limited period of time.
At some point during your stay you may be assessed by an Adult Social Care worker who will advise you of the ways your future care may be paid for. If it is then decided that Adult Social Care will pay for your care, you may have to pay a contribution towards this care. An assessment of your financial situation will then need to take place to determine how much you can afford to pay.
See the table below to see how your financial circumstances will affect how your care and support would be funded:
|More than £23,250
||You will need to pay for
all of your own care services. You would be referred to as a 'self-funder'. Assessments for your care needs are available through Adult Social services if you need further support.
||Find out more about paying the full cost of your care
|Less than £23,250
||The council will assess what your care needs are and what you can afford to pay with consideration for living expenses. As part of the financial assessment process you will need to provide details of all your finances.
||Request an assessment
Where no financial assessment is needed
then you are entitled to free care and support services and are therefore not required to complete a financial assessment.
We will provide funding towards your care costs, provided that:
- you have been assessed by the council as eligible for funding under the standard national needs eligibility criteria; and
- you have completed the financial assessment process with the council
The financial assessment process you complete will vary according to the type of care services you are eligible for. This is because different types of care services have different costs.