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This financial assessment should come only after your needs have been assessed and it has been decided how best they should be met. This is because your income and the value of your assets should have no bearing on these judgements.
The financial assessment
What you pay towards the cost of your care depends on your financial assessment. This should be carried out immediately after your, or your relative’s, needs have been assessed.
It lets the council know about your or your relative’s income and capital (financial assets). The financial assessment will only look at the income and capital of the person going into the care home, not that of other family members.
If you're going to move into a care home or nursing home the value of your home will be taken into account, in certain circumstances, when your capital is assessed.
If you own your home this increases the assessed value of your capital, and means that you may be asked to contribute more towards the cost of your care.
However, this should not mean you will have to sell your home. There are ways to avoid this, such as a deferred payments arrangement. You can read more on the Directgov website (see Useful links).
In certain circumstances the value of your home will be disregarded. This will apply if:
What you pay
What you will pay towards the cost of your place at a care home will depend on your assessed income and capital.
In all cases you'll be expected to contribute your income, including your pension, towards the cost of your care, except for £21.15 a week, which you can keep for personal expenses.
Some care homes provide nursing care to residents. They're suitable for those who have a disability or serious long-term condition, or who have very restricted mobility.
If you're moving into a care home that provides nursing care, you should be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of services that's arranged and funded by the NHS. It's meant for people outside hospital, who have ongoing health needs. You can get Continuing Healthcare in any setting, including your own home or in a care home. NHS Continuing Healthcare is free. The NHS pays for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.
If you're not eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you may be eligible for an NHS Nursing Care Contribution. You can read more in the Continuing Care leaflet produced by the NHS (see Useful links).
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