Most people have to pay an amount towards their care as care services in England have never been free.
Your local authority or council may pay some of the required fees and this is decided by ‘means-testing’, which simply means that who pays what depends on need, circumstances and level of care required.
The first step towards receiving care support is to ask your local authority for an assessment of social care needs. The authority will then also carry out an assessment of you/your family member’s circumstances or finances. These assessments will result in what proportion of the fees are paid by your local authority and what proportion will be required from you. Depending on these factors it may mean that you have to pay part or the full cost of care yourself.
At the moment local authorities will not fund your care if you have more than a certain amount in savings and property (sometimes referred to as your capital). They will inform you of the current capital threshold and any ‘care fee caps’ currently in place or planned for the future.
To speak to someone about what you need to do and what you or your family member may be entitled to contact:
City of York Council Adult Social Care
Tel: 01904 555 111
North Yorkshire County Council Adult Social Care
Tel: 0845 241 1307