Managing your money
Paying for care
Some elements of care may be funded by the NHS for a short time period following discharge from hospital. You should receive information about this, if it applies to you, as part of the discharge process.
Unlike NHS care, social care services are not usually free. How much you pay for your care depends on your income and savings.
If you have investments and/or savings of more than £23,250 you will pay for your own care. This is called 'self funding'.
If you have investments and/or savings below £23,250 but more than £14,250 you may have to pay for your care. The council may make a contribution towards the cost. This is subject to a means tested financial assessment.
If you have savings of less than £14,250, this amount will not be included in your financial assessment. The council will pay for your care, however you may still need to make a financial contribution which will be based on your income.
In this section you can also find advice about welfare benefits and debt management.