Local authority charging rules differ when a stay in a care home is temporary, rather than permanent.
Some people go into a care home on a temporary basis to give themselves or their carers a break‚ or while they are recuperating from an illness.
Others enter a home temporarily for a ‘trial’ period to decide whether they want to live permanently in that home.
A more detailed account of the charging rules can be found in our factsheet Paying for temporary care in a care home which you can download below. This factsheet is aimed at individuals who are aged 60 and over.
Paying for temporary care in a care home (PDF 452 KB)
Care homes guide (PDF 328 KB)