If the person you care for needs a short stay in care home to give you a break, find out about paying for respite.
Paying for a care home yourself
If you arrange the care home privately the person you care for will have to pay. This is called self funding.
It is still a good idea to get information and advice from your local council to make sure you know exactly what sort of support the person you care for needs. The local council can do this even if they can’t help pay for the care home. They will also check if the person you care for qualifies for any means tested support.
Get in touch with your local carer service as they may be able to help. They will also be able to support you though this change.
It is important to explore all options for paying a care home and to get suitable legal and financial advice.
- The Money Advice Service has detailed information about paying for care.
- For more information about self funding see also information about paying for your own care on the NHS website.
Funding from your local council
Your local council may be able to help pay for a care home. They will work out if, or how much, the person you care for needs to pay after they have done an assessment of their needs. They should also offer you a carer’s assessment to make sure your needs are met.
Find out more about NHS funding.
Paying for a care home in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- If the person you care for lives in Wales see Age Cymru.
- If the person you care for lives in Scotland see Care Information Scotland.
- If the person you care for lives in Northern Ireland see NIidirect.
Where to find more information about paying for a care home
Next update due: February 2020