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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)

If you need more help navigating the complex care system speak to your local Age UK



Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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