Current UK Government legislation states that anyone who needs health or social care as a result of old age; mental illness or learning difficulties or physical or sensory disabilities should be able to obtain care services and support, tailored to their individual needs whether provided in the home or in a residential facility.
The provision of social funding from your local authority is dependent upon two assessments: an assessment of your care needs and a financial assessment.
Everyone, whether or not they are seeking local authority funding for care, is entitled to an assessment of their care needs. Such an assessment is beneficial as it can help to identify those care providers which are best equipped to meet the needs of the person requiring care.
Following the assessment of your care needs your local authority will need to assess your finances to determine whether or not you are eligible for the partial or complete funding of care provision. Broadly speaking, if your financial assets are valued at less than £23,250 you should be eligible for care funding from your local authority. If their value is below £14,250 you should be entitled to the highest level of subsidy although you may still be expected to contribute a proportion of your income.
The first step to apply for care funding from your local authority is to contact them in order to arrange a care needs assessment. Contact details for your local authority can be found using the UK Government’s local authority search engine.