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Care arranged by a Local Authority is not usually free. Your Local Authority will therefore ask about your finances and income.
There are national rules for charging care home fees, which means you will pay the full cost of care if you have more than £23,250 in savings (the limits vary slightly in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Charges for care are complex, and you should seek more detailed advice from the Age UK advice line on 0800 169 6565.
It’s also very important to ensure that you get all of your benefits and entitlements. For example, there is a non means-tested benefit called Attendance Allowance, which provides a weekly income to help meet additional costs that arise from a disability or difficulty with everyday activities.
Even if you think you're not eligible for any extra money, it's always worth checking because circumstances change.
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Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.
How to get care and support
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Paying for care and support at home
Getting help at home
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For more information:
Call Age UK Advice:
0800 678 1174
This page was last updated:
23 May 2017
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