The cost of care could be less than you think, especially if only requiring a little amount of help each week, and the costs can often be met out of normal income, pensions and allowances. The cost of support with Domiciliary Care Services starts from £9.00 per hour, depending on requirements.
Attendance Allowance is a tax free benefit for people over 65 who need help with personal care such as getting in and out of bed, washing, eating, medication or mobility, or because they can become confused and need to be watched over. Attendance Allowance is not affected by savings and is usually unaffected by any other income you may have.
Telephone your Local Benefits Office or (0845) 712 3456; see leaflets DS702 and HB5 available from Jobcentres, Pension Centres and Social Security offices.
Social Services Support
Your local Social Services can arrange and may pay for, or contribute towards, the cost of your care but not any nursing you may need.If you want them to pay for your care they will means-test you. They will ask about your weekly income including pensions, earnings and benefits and about your savings and investments. The value of your home or car is not considered. East Sussex County Council’s website states “If you have savings of over £23,000 you will have to pay the full cost of the care you receive. This charge begins from the date your care begins.
You may not have to pay anything if you have savings or capital below £22,50 and have income (other than earnings from any work that you do) of less than:
• £162.50 a week if you are over 60 • £114.75 a week if you are aged between 25 and 60, or • £98.06 a week if you are aged between 18 and 24.
For more information about getting help from the Social Services contact Adult Social Care Direct on 0345 60 80 191.