You may be eligible for support through social care if you meet the following 3 conditions:
Eligibility for social care
Your needs arise from or are related to a physical or mental impairment or illness.
As a result of these needs, you are unable to achieve 2 or more of the following:
- managing and maintaining nutrition
- maintaining personal hygiene
- managing toilet needs
- being appropriately clothed
- maintaining a habitable home environment
- being able to make use of the home safely
- developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
- accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
- making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport and recreational facilities or services
- carrying out any caring responsibilities for a child
As a consequence, there is or is likely to be a significant impact on well being, including the following:
- personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)
- physical and mental health and emotional well being
- protection from abuse and neglect
- control over daily life (including care and support and how it is provided)
- participation in work, education, training or recreation
- social and economic well being
- domestic, family and personal relationships
- suitability of living accommodation
- contributing to society
Do I have to sell my home to pay for care?
Your ability to pay for care will be worked out through a means test. Your home will not be included if you’re arranging care and support at home and may not be included if you live with a partner, child, or a relative who is disabled or over the age of 60.
Currently, if your capital and income is above £23,250 you’re likely to have to pay your care fees. If your capital and income is under £23,250 you might get some help from the local council, but you may still need to contribute towards the fees.
Money management options
The council holds your budget and organises support on your behalf, using those service providers who have a contract with the council.
The council pays your budget into your account and you purchase support to meet your needs.
You may get assistance from a trusted friend or family member to help you manage the budget.
You may also choose to get help with payroll or budget management from professional organisations. These are typically known as direct payment support providers.
Third party managed
(Managed Account Provider (MAP)
The council pays your budget to a third party. This could be an individual or organisation.
They will hold the budget for you and makes payments to support providers under your instruction and on your behalf. They will also provide monitoring information to the council about how your budget has been spent.
If an individual or organisation holds your money as well as providing the support you need, such as homecare, then they are called a Managed Account Provider (MAP).
A combination of any of the above budget options.