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Care costs and advice for people living at home

Care costs and benefits advice for people living at home

We will check that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to as part of your community care assessment.

We will also help you to complete a financial assessment to work out how much you may have to pay towards the cost of your care services.

If you are over 65 you are entitled to free personal care such as help with bathing, dressing, feeding, incontinence and meal preparation.

Depending on your income and savings, you may still have to contribute to other care costs such as cleaning your home, shopping, cooking, laundry, day care and housing support. 

The amount you pay will depend on a number of factors, including your ability to pay, the types of services you receive and the level and cost of the service. You will never be expected to pay more than the actual cost of providing the service.

If you have income below the amounts in the table below you will not be expected to pay towards your care services. If your income is above these amounts it will be taken into account in the financial assessment.



Single person aged under pension qualifying age


Single person qualifying pension age


Couples under pension qualifying age


Couples qualifying pension age


The Community Care Alarm and Meals at Home are not means tested. They are charged at a flat rate per week.

A care assessment can be arranged by contacting your local social work office.