Adult Social Care Services are not free. However, the person you care for may be entitled to financial support from the Council to help towards care costs.
The rules around charging for social care services are complicated - for more details visit www.reading.gov.uk/carecharges
Charges for care and support
The person you care for must pay for:
- care and support services provided to help them at home and in the community
- care home costs
These charges apply from the date their services start. But they may be entitled to help with their care costs.
How much help they get depends on:
- their financial situation and
- the actual cost of the services they need (these are identified by a care and support assessment using national eligibility criteria)
We offer a Financial Assessment (a means test) to work out how much the person could afford to pay each week towards their care.
Carers are not required to pay towards a Carer's Personal Budget.
The person you care for must pay for their care in full if they:
- have savings above the Government's upper limit* or
- refuse a financial assessment
* limits set each year by the Department of Health
Self funders who ask social services to arrange and manage their care services for them will be charged a fee to cover administration costs.
Care home fees
If someone is assessed as having substantial and complex needs that can only be met in a care home they may be eligible for financial support from the Council to help towards their care home fees.
The help offered is based on the outcome of a financial assessment.
Choosing a care home
If the person you care for needs help with care home fees (now or in the future) they must choose a home that accepts Council rates.
If they choose a more expensive home, someone else must pay the extra fees for as long as they live in the home.
If the person you care for has savings and capital over the Government’s Upper limit (or they refuse a financial assessment) they must pay their own care home fees in full.
Deferred Payments Scheme
If the person you care for needs to sell their home to pay their care home fees, they may be eligible for a Deferred Payment Agreement. If agreed, this allows them to delay selling their home during their lifetime.
The Council loans the money to pay for care fees and places a legal charge on the property. All costs (plus interest) will be recovered when the property is sold.
Always seek independent financial advice.
NHS funded care
If the person you care for has an overriding primary health need they may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare. This means that the NHS will cover all the costs of:
any health and social care services provided at home or
- care home fees (including board and accommodation).
NHS funded nursing Care
If the person you care for is assessed as requiring nursing care in a registered nursing care home you will be eligible for NHS-funded nursing care.
This means that the NHS pays towards the cost of the registered nursing services provided, but the person is still responsible for fees covering board, accommodation and personal care.
For more information visit NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk