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You, or the person you care for, may be able to get help with health costs (such as prescriptions) and with arranging and paying for your own care and support.

You may be able to get help with health costs, such as prescriptions and eye tests, if you claim certain benefits or have a low income.

You may also be able to have more say in how the support you get is organised and paid for. If your carer’s assessment says you need support from your local council then you may be able to decide how the money for this is spent. 

The person you care for may also be able to decide how money is spend on their care and support.  They will also need to have an assessment by the local council.

  • If you live in England you may be able to get a personal budget where direct payment are made to you so that you can arrange your own support. 
  • If you live in Wales you may be able to get a direct payment so you can arrange your own support.
  • If you live in Scotland you may be able to get self-directed support (SDS) so you can arrange your own support.
  • If you live in Northern Ireland you may be able to get direct payments so you can arrange your own support.

If the person you care for is an adult and needs long term support at home, in a care home or in a hospice, they may qualify for NHS continuing healthcare.

What is the difference between a personal budget and a personal health budget?

A personal budget is to manage and pay for social care.  A personal health budget is very similar, but it is to support health and well-being rather than social care.

Personal health budgets are only available in England.

​Next update due: June 2017