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Finding and Paying for a Care Home

Leaving your home and familiar surroundings to move into a care home is a big step.  It is important to consider your choices carefully before making a decision about where to move.

Care Home Fees: Third party top ups in Wales (guide 73)

This guide explains how councils in Wales set standard rates for how much they are prepared to pay for a care home placement. It looks at the circumstances when the council should increase its standard rate and when a third party may have to pay a top-up fee to keep you in the care home you have chosen.

Care Homes - what to look for (guide 19)

This guide aims to help you make an informed decision about the care home you would like to live in.

Care home fees - paying them in England (guide 16)

This guide explains the system of funding for people who need to live in a care home in England, whether they are able, or unable to pay their own fees.

Care home fees - paying them in Scotland (guide 52)

Living in a care home can be very costly. Although some people are able to pay their own fees, many need financial support to meet the cost of their care.This guide explains the system of funding for people who need to live in a care home in Scotland.

Care home fees - paying them in Wales (guide 72)

This guide explains the system of funding for people who need to live in a care home in Wales, whether they are able or unable to pay their own fees.

Care home fees - third party top ups in England (guide 17)

This guide explains how councils in England set standard rates for how much they are prepared to pay for a care home placement.It looks at when the council should increase its standard rate to allow you to live in the care home of your choice and when a third party, such as a relative or friend,may have to pay a ‘top up'.

Care home fees - third party top ups in Scotland (guide 53)

This guide explains how councils in Scotland set standard rates for how much they are prepared to pay for a care home placement.It looks at when the council should increase its standard rate to allow you to live in the care home of your choice and when a third party, such as a relative or friend,may have to pay a ‘top up'.

Continuing Healthcare should the NHS be paying for your care? (guide 27)

This guide explains what NHS continuing healthcare is, the eligibility criteria, how to apply, and what to do if you are unhappy with the decision.

Deprivation of capital: what can I spend my capital on before moving into a care home (factsheet 1)

If you transfer or spend lots of your capital before moving into a care home, the council may view this as 'deprivation of capital'. This factsheet aims to  clarify what you may/may not be able to spend your capital on before moving into a care home.

Valuing beneficial interest in property (factsheet 4)

This factsheet explains what beneficial interest is, how it is valued and where to find out further information.

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