Social care is the responsibility of Local Authorities and its provision is means tested in terms of need and eligibility. There is no formal definition of Social Care, but it’s often described as dealing with the “activities of daily living”.
This means the need for help with day to day activities like feeding, washing, dressing, mobility, using the toilet, etc., but it also includes requiring help in terms of maintaining independence, social interaction and protection from vulnerable situations.
Health care, the responsibility of the NHS and is free at the point of need regardless of your financial status. A healthcare need relates to the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness, injury or disability and the aftercare of a person with these conditions.
Whilst not enshrined in law, this definition of healthcare needs is set out in what is known as the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care (October 2018 Revised).