Please note: the cost of care is currently going through some changes which should come into effect in October 2023. This page explains the current process and will be updated to reflect the new way of charging for care as soon as this information becomes available. Read more about the planned changes
Social care, unlike health care, isn’t free for everyone. Most people will need to pay something towards the cost of their care and support.
Most care services need to be paid for. These include:
- care homes
- housework and shopping
- personal care in the home
- support workers
- carers breaks and respite care
- day centres.
You don’t need to pay for your care if you’re receiving continuing healthcare or funded nursing care. Some services must be provided for free, such as community equipment and minor adaptations that cost up to £1,000.