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19 Community care

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1. Introduction

2. Who decides what sort of care I need?

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

In some cases, councils should pay for some or all of the costs of care in your home:

  • If you suffer from CJD (Creuzfeldt Jacob Disease), you shouldn't pay anything.
  • If you have been kept in hospital because of a mental illness or disorder and you need care when you come out ('aftercare'), you do not, in certain cases have to pay for that care.
  • Any help or extra help that you get as part of 'intermediate care' should be free. 

Otherwise, you may have to pay for your services.

Councils must not take account of your financial circumstances when deciding what you will get - only when deciding what they will charge you for it. And your friends or family cannot be made to pay for your care - only the person getting the care can be charged.


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 care home?

7. What if I need nursing care?

8. Will I have to sell my home?

9. What benefits may I claim?

10. What choice of home do I have?

11. What if I want to move to a care 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 if I have difficulty getting the care I need?

15. Further Help

16. About this leaflet

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regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.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

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