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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?

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?

Your council should make sure it can give residential care to people who have the kind of needs that mean they can't reasonably be expected to live at home or in supported accommodation (for example, a warden-assisted home).

The council will look at your income, savings and other things you own, to decide whether you could arrange and pay for that care yourself or if it must help pay your fees. You should always be told how the council has worked out the amount you will pay, and you can ask for this in writing.

In some cases, residential care is free, no matter how much money you have. This includes:

  • moving into a home as an NHS continuing care patient;
  • getting temporary 'intermediate care'; and
  • going into residential care after being held in hospital under certain parts of the Mental Health Act.

In most cases, though, you will have to pay at least some of the fees. If you qualify for help, the social services department usually pays the fees. You will then have to repay some of this amount, depending on how much money you have.


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regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.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