Paying for care if you have a partner

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This factsheet explains how being part of a couple can affect a care home resident’s eligibility for local authority assistance with care home fees and both partners’ eligibility for social security benefits during the period in care.

It includes sections on the valuation of jointly owned capital, temporary admissions and where both members of a couple go into a care home.

Government guidance on the rights of a spouse in a care home to pass 50% of their private or occupational pension to their partner living at home are also included.   

You can download our factsheet, Paying for care in a care home in Wales if you have a partner, from the box on the right.

The information in this factsheet is correct for the period April 2013 – March 2014. Capital limits and other figures are expected to increase again in April 2014‚ but rules and figures sometimes change during the year.

This factsheet should be read alongside our other factsheets on care home charging and benefits‚ particularly Paying for permanent residential care, available from the related page below:

opens link in new window FS39w: Paying for care in a care home in Wales if you have a partner (PDF 221KB)

opens link in new window FS41w: Local authority assessment for community care services in Wales (PDF 327KB)

opens link in new window UKIG06: Care Homes (PDF 1,631KB)

If you require further information or clarification on the situation in Wales, please contact Age Cymru on 08000 223 444.

Advice line:
08000 223 444

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