Funding care at a care home

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Of the nearly half a million residents in care homes across the UK, around half are self-funded with the other half being supported or fully funded by their local authority.

Navigating the intricacies of funding for care homes can be overwhelming, especially for seniors and their families. Understanding who has to self-fund and who can receive government aid is crucial for making informed decisions about long-term care. In this guide, we'll delve into the criteria for self-funding and government funding, as well as important considerations for both scenarios.

Self-funding criteria:

After undergoing a Care Needs Assessment, individuals may be required to undergo a financial assessment to determine their eligibility for government assistance. Those whose assets exceed £23,250 are expected to fully fund their care costs. Assets include investments, savings, and property equity.

However, individuals with assets falling below £14,250 qualify for maximum support from the local council. If you anticipate your savings falling below the £23,250 threshold while in care, you can request a financial review from the council.

While self-funding, seniors remain entitled to pensions and benefits that are not means-tested, such as Attendance Allowance and Personal Independence Payment. These funds can be used towards the cost of care.

It's essential for self-funders to have a clear financial plan in place and a transparent contract with the care home outlining responsibilities. Additionally, registering a Lasting Power of Attorney ensures decisions are made in the individual's best interests should they lose mental capacity.

Government funding eligibility: 

Seniors whose savings fall below £23,250 qualify for financial aid from the council. Following a Care Needs Assessment and financial evaluation, the council determines a personal budget, subtracting the individual's required contribution.

This personal budget covers care costs, with the individual's pension, benefits, and asset income considered towards their contribution. However, seniors still receive a Personal Expenses Allowance (£24.90 per week) for discretionary spending.

The council provides a list of local care homes meeting the individual's needs, accommodating preferences whenever possible. If preferred homes are unavailable, the council arranges temporary care and covers costs for more expensive facilities if necessary. Seniors also have the option to move to a care home closer to family, with council support. 

Understanding self-funding and government aid for care homes is essential for seniors planning their long-term care. Whether self-funding or eligible for government support, it's crucial to navigate the process with clarity and understanding. Seeking guidance from care home experts can provide valuable assistance in making informed decisions about care options.

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