Be it for yourself, or for a loved one the concept of having to receive care can be a very anxious and worrying experience. There are different types of care funding, and you may be entitled to more than one of them. Some social care funding support is means tested or health and ability tested, whereas others are not. The following is a guide to what might be available to you.
Funding Care at Home
Home care funding benefits and allowances
Be it for yourself, or for a loved one the concept of having to receive care can be a very anxious and worrying experience. The first thing to do once you know that there is a need for home care and support, be that for yourself, or for a loved one is to see if there is any entitlement to care funding. There are different types of care funding, and you may be entitled to more than one of them. Some social care funding support is means tested or health and ability tested, whereas others are not.
The following is a guide to what might be available to you.
Local Authority funded home care – means tested You may be entitled to social care funding support, subject to your financial circumstances. For more details contact your local social services who can advise you further. If you have already been assessed by your local council as needing social services support, you are likely to be allocated a Personal Budget, this can be paid in the form of Direct Payments, Individual Service Funds (ISFs), or Individual Budgets.
Direct Payments and arranging your own support services ~ what is a Direct Payment:
Direct payments are local Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local trust. A person must be able to give their consent to receiving direct payments and be able to manage them even if they need help to do this on a day-to-day basis.
If you already receive social services, your local trust is obliged to offer you the option of direct payments in place of the services you currently receive. There are some limited circumstances where you are not given this choice and your local trust will be able to tell you about these. If you would like assistance in arranging a direct payment, then please call and we will be more than happy to provide you with further advise.
Tel 01375 808303
We can arrange a free no obligation visit to your home to discuss the best option If you are looking to self-fund your care / support needs. Our team will design a bespoke support plan that flexible and personalised to you. You could pay in full for or use to ‘top up’ services funded by the local council depending on your circumstance.
You may choose to arrange weekly, or daily care or support, or we can also provide one off care and support services from personal care, social support, meal preparation, medication collection, domestic help to help with your pets. Our service is designed to meet your individual needs, and outcomes.
If you would like more information on our services, then please call and we will be more than happy to provide you with further advice.
Tel 01375 808303
Personal Budget for Social Care
The local authority will conduct an assessment to determine whether you fit within their eligibility criteria for receiving care and support. The criteria for a personal budget is usually “substantial” or “critical” needs to meet the criteria. The authority will carry out a finacial assessment, which is based on your personal financial situation. The financial assessment would determine how much the local authority will or will not contribute to your care and support needs. If you are eligible, the authority will design a support plan to set out how the personal care budget will meet your social care and support needs.
If you would like more information regarding a personal budget, then please call and we will be more than happy to provide you with further advise.
Tel 01375 808303