What is adult social care?

Adult social care supports adults and older people who have disabilities, mental health problems or general frailty. When someone needs help with day-to-day tasks, but do not require day-to-day medical support, they need social care.

What are the costs involved?

Because social care isn’t provided by the NHS, there are costs involved. Social care is what we call ‘means-tested’– this means that whether you are charged or not will depend on your financial situation. If you have low needs, you may not receive social care from the local authority at all – in this case, you will need to arrange it, and pay for it, yourself.

What are the care options?

There are multiple options available and it’s important you know what’s out there, so that you can pick the best option for you. Choices include, home care, help to live independently in shared accommodation and care homes with or without nursing care.

If a person needs so much help because of their health condition or disability that it amounts to substantial medical or nursing care, then they may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). CHC is not means tested. Care is covered by the NHS, which means the patient will not have to pay.

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