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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)

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081