If you think you may need to move in to a care home, ask your local social work department to assess your care needs to establish whether you qualify for free personal and nursing care.
For other care home costs, your local council will calculate what you need to pay towards your care home fees depending on the income and savings you have.
You can find detailed guidance in our series of care home leaflets.
If you need information about choosing a care home, contact your local council or see the Care Inspectorate’s website for details of registered care services and inspection reports.
The Scottish Government has worked with a number of partners, including Age Scotland, to produce a Care Home Contracts guide for people who are paying for their own care. It includes information about your consumer rights and a checklist of things you should know before signing the contract.
The Age Scotland Helpline
Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.