Home Care Funding
Funding for home care is mainly through:
- Social services
- Private funding
- Charity or other sources
If you've been assessed as needing community care services you may be able to receive direct payments in cash in place of these services.
Direct payments are means tested. This means some people won't be eligible for them, and in some cases will have to contribute to the cost of their care themselves.
The payments are intended to give customers greater choice in their care. Direct payments must be enough to allow the customer to buy services that meet their needs, and must be spent on services the client needs.
Following assessment, you may be considered eligible for a personal budget. A personal budget is an allocation of social care funding from the local authority. If you're considered eligible for a personal budget it should be enough to meet your assessed needs.
How to Pay
You can pay for home care in a number of ways:
- You can pay yourself using your direct payment
- Payments can be made through personal arrangement
- A representative can pay for you, for example from a charitable organisation
- Adult Social Services from your local authority can pay on your behalf