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12. What if my move into a home is temporary?
You may need to go into a home temporarily - perhaps for a short-term break, while you get over an illness, or while you're waiting for a place in sheltered housing. Your assessment should show whether your stay will be temporary or permanent.
You should not be charged anything for a short-term stay that is part of 'intermediate care'. There may be charges to pay for other temporary stays, but the rules for working out how much you pay towards them allow for the fact that you will still have your own home to keep up. Any charge must be 'reasonable'.
If you are going to be in the home for only a short time, the council does not have to do a 'means test' (a test to see if you are able to get financial help) for the first eight weeks of your stay.
If you are means tested for a temporary stay, the council looks at your income and savings in the same way as if you are staying permanently. However, there are some important conditions relating to how it does this.
You may be able to get Income Support (if you are under 60) or Pension Credit (if you are over 60) to help you pay any fees while you are temporarily in a home. The rules are different to those for permanent residents:
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Sue Bloomfield, a freelance consumer affairs writer.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
Leaflet Version: May 2019