Goverment Funding

Funding Available

Recently funding is becoming more available which, in turn, enables Live-in Care to become more achievable.  Therefore 24-hour Live-in Care could compete with the long-term cost of residential care.

Funding for live-in services can come from various sources, you may be able to fund the service privately, or maybe this can be provided by Social Services or split through a personal budget, it maybe that you are able to approach the NHS Primary Care Trust’s, Continuous Health Care Budget.  Please see guide lines below or for more assistance please follow the link www.fundingcaring.co.uk/home.htm

Attendance Allowance

This is a tax free benefit for people who are aged 65 years and over who need assistance with personal care either because they are mentally or physically disabled.  You may be eligible for attendance allowance if:-

  • You have a disability severe enough for you to require help caring for yourself
  • You have a physical or mental disability or both
  • You are aged 65 or over when you claim

Attendance allowance is not affected by savings or income.

You are able to apply on line at www.dwp.gov.uk/eservice or ring the Benefit Enquiry line on 0800 88 22 00

Personal Budget

These are payments made by Local Councils for people who have been assessed as requiring help from Social Services and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services rather than receiving them from the Local Council directly.  You can request a visit from a Social Worker in your area to establish how much you would be entitled to.

Carers Allowance

This is a benefit to assist people who look after someone who is in need of care.  The carer does not necessarily have to be related to or to live with the person but you must be aged 16 years or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who is in receipt of Attendance or Disability Allowance.   For more information contact the Benefit Enquiry Line 0800 88 22 00

Disability Living Allowance

This allowance is as above but for children and adults (who are under the age of 65) who require assistance with walking or personal care with a physical or mental disability.  For more information please contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00

Continuous Health Care

This is fully funded care for people who do not require care in an NHS acute hospital but who do require high degrees of health care.  providing your needs satisfy the required criteria you could qualify, however, the largest group who receive continuing care are those assessed for terminal illness and palliative care .  Continuing care is intended to cover the entire costs of all care, including medical, nursing and personal care together with living and accommodation costs, the same as if care was being provided in an NHS Hospital.  More information can be obtained from NHS Direct on 0845 4647

Care Fee Payment Plans

Can provide guaranteed monthly payments to cover all or part of nursing home or home care costs.  This can be for those planning for future elderly care or for immediate care needs.  Check your existing policies to see if they cover the cost of care or contact an insurance provider or independent financial advisor.