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19 Community care

1. Introduction

If you or someone you know or look after find it difficult to manage day-to-day living, you may be able to get help in the form of community care. This leaflet explains how to find out what help you may be able to get, and whether you will have to pay for it.

The leaflets in this series give you an outline of your legal rights, but they are not a complete guide to the law. If you have a problem, you will need to get more information or personal advice to work out the best way to solve it. See ‘Further help’ for sources of advice.

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2. Who decides what sort of care I need?

3. Who pays if I get care in my home?

4. How much will I have to pay?

5. What if I am coming out of hospital?

6. What happens if I need to move into a residential care home?

7. What if I need nursing care?

8. Will I have to sell my home?

9. What benefits might I be able to claim?

10. What choice of home do I have?

11. What if I want to move to a home that costs more than the council will pay?

12. What if my move into a home is temporary?

13. What rights do I have when I am in a care home?

14. What can I do if I have a problem with getting the care I need?

15. Further Help

16. About this leaflet



Many of us will need a helping hand with everyday tasks at some point in our lives. You may have an impairment or illness, or you may look after a child or adult who cannot look after themselves. This may be someone who has a physical or learning disability, or someone who is elderly. Whoever they are, they may be able to get ‘community care’: help which can include anything from meals on wheels to temporary or permanent stays in a residential home.





This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Luke Clements, a solicitor specialising in community care issues, and Sue Bloomfield.

Leaflet Version: July 2017




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Last updated on 30 November 2017

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