Should you decide to fund care at home privately, you will need to understand the type of care and support you, or a loved one require. It’s important that the care and support you receive is individual to you. This will help inform the type of private nursing and care agency you choose.
Start by talking to your GP or local community healthcare team, who are regulated by your local Care Commissioning Group, or CCG. Your GP will make contact with your local council’s social services team to arrange an assessment of your care needs; they will also advise if you need more specialist care.
The social services team will also undertake a financial assessment to see if you are eligible for assistance. It is possible that the cost of the care you require may be funded, sometimes in full.
In England and Wales you may be required to make a financial contribution to your recommended care package, or to supplement the care and support by your local council, or CCG, by purchasing extra help from independent agencies, such as Prestige. (Prestige is also one of the approved agencies who provide highly qualified carers and registered nurses for local council and CCG teams.)
In Scotland there is no financial assessment for people aged 65 and over as the majority of care is provided free of charge.
Alternatively, you can choose to pay for your care privately, and use a company, such as Prestige.