If you are arranging care for yourself or a loved one there are various means of financial support that you can investigate. You may be eligible for funding from your local authority or Health & Social Care Trust.
You may be eligible for funding from your local authority or Health & Social Care Trust, they undertake an assessment to determine if you are eligible and the level of care and support that is required.
If you or your loved one are required to pay for care privately, we will agree on a support plan with you which details the care services you or your loved one will receive and we will send you regular invoices. These can be paid by cheque, standing order or BACs.
Direct Payments or Personal Budgets give you more control and choice over the support and help you or your loved one receive. Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay anything directly. We will discuss with you the options to create a suitable support plan and will review this with you regularly.
Direct Payments are paid directly to the individual by the local authority and you are then responsible for making payments for support. We will forward regular invoices and these can be paid by cheque, standing order or BACs.
Anyone aged 65 or over who needs help with their personal care, due to physical or mental disability, can apply for Attendance Allowance. This is a tax-free Government benefit that is not means tested.
The basic rate of Attendance Allowance is £55.65 and is available to those who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day or night. The higher rate of Attendance Allowance is £83.10 and is available to those who need help and supervision throughout the day and night or those who are living with a terminal illness.
People under 65 who suffer from long term health issues or disability may be eligible for Personal Independence Payments, the amount you receive depends on how your condition affects you.
If you are aged 16 or over and you spend more than 35 hours a week caring for someone with disabilities, you may be eligible to receive Carers Allowance which is currently £62.70 a week.
Following a carer’s assessment, your local authority may agree to fund breaks. They will develop a support plan with you and you should be able to choose how you obtain your break.