When planning long-term care and support for a loved one, it is sensible to start thinking about your financing care options as soon as it is practically possible.

At Prestige Nursing & Care we have been helping families up and down the country to understand how they can finance care, whether that is through funding available to them, or financing initiatives that can contribute to the cost of care.

If you need care and support for day-to-day tasks and activities that enable you to maintain independence, then you may be entitled to social care funding to get the help you need.  If you are living with a complex care need and require nurse-led care, it is worth exploring whether you are entitled to any healthcare funding first, as this could considerably contribute to the overall cost of care.

Here we explain all you need to know about your health and social care funding options.


Social care funding is means tested and allocated by your local authority. The level of funding you might be entitled to depends on your financial circumstances, as well as your care and support needs. Social care funding is provided to people to help them with everyday activities and tasks. If you need help with feeding, continence management, washing or dressing, then you could be entitled to social care funding, if you do not exceed the financial threshold level in the means test.


Unlike in England, if you live in Scotland funding for personal care is available to everyone who is assessed as needing it. Your income, capital assets, marital or civil partner status do not impact your ability to access this funding from your local authority. An assessment for funding in Scotland will look at your needs relating to personal hygiene, continence management, food and diet, problems with mobility, counselling and support and nursing, including clinical interventions required.

If you require daily support with housework, laundry and shopping, activities outside the home, or providing food then these may well be chargeable and will be subject to a means test assessment, which looks at your income when assessing the funding available.


At Prestige Nursing & Care we have developed strong relationships with many social services case managers that are based on a shared goal of securing the right funded care package for clients that mean they get the right care, at the right time, for all of life.  We work in collaboration to ensure that the care and support provided evolves with changing needs.  Throughout the process we engage with our client and their family so everyone is involved in making sure our client can live a meaningful and fulfilled life, with independence, whilst their family gets all the support they need.



The Care Act 2014 is the piece of legislation that sets the rules for council funding. It is the law that governs the rules that local councils must follow when assessing your care needs and determining whether you are eligible for social care funding.

Before the Care Act, the laws governing the various care entitlements people had were spread out amongst several different different pieces of legislation. This created a complex and confusing system that was difficult to navigate.

The Care Act has simplified the process and made it much easier to understand whether you are entitled to publicly-funded care. It also makes it easier to understand your rights should you ever have to challenge any decisions you believe to be wrong.


There are a series of steps required to determine if you are eligible for social care funding, the first of which is the care needs assessment. This assessment is carried out by your local council and it is used to determine if you are eligible for the council to pay towards the cost of your care. This assessment is free and anyone can ask for one.

During your needs assessment, a trained professional from your local council such as a nurse or social worker will visit you at your home or in hospital to carry out your assessment. You may also be offered an assessment over the phone or online, although we suggest requesting an in-person assessment whenever possible.

You will be asked questions about your care needs and how you cope with many day-to-day tasks such as food preparation, mobility or personal care. Before your assessment takes place, it is a good idea to think about the areas of your life in which you feel you could use extra care and support.

You can request an assessment by contacting your local council by telephone, in writing or online. Each council is different so contact your own to learn more about their application process. If it is determined you do need care, you will need to undergo an additional financial assessment (means test) to work out if you will have to contribute to the cost of your own care.


Means testing is the method by which your financial eligibility to receive funding for your care is assessed. The outcome of the means test will determine how much social care funding you are eligible to receive.

Your local authority will look at your income, savings, and property to determine how much you need to contribute to the cost of your care. If you are receiving care in your own home, then the means test will not consider the value of your property. However, if you move permanently into a care home, the means test may include the value of your property, which may reduce the level of funding available to you.

If you are moving into a care home, your home will not be included in the means test if you home remains occupied by:

  •  Your partner or spouse
  • A close relative who is either over the age of sixty or incapacitated
  • A relative younger than sixteen whom you are legally obliged to support
  • An ex-partner if they are deemed a single parent

Below is an example of how the means test is applied in England.

Capital Costs to be met by you
£23,250+ You will need to meet the full cost of your care and support
Between £14,250-£23,250 The local authority will fund part of your care and support, you will need to meet the rest.
Less than £14,250 Full social care funding will be provided.
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If you are an adult eligible for social care funding you will be offered the choice of receiving your funding through a personal health budget (PHB). The purpose of a PHB is to give those living with long-term health conditions and disabilities choice and control over how their funding is spent on their health and well-being needs.

Social care funding is provided by your local authority and there are options as to how you manage your funding and care arrangements:

Direct payments

You or your representative receives the funding directly to procure and manage the care, support and services you need.  Whilst there are procedures to follow and guidance governing how it is spent, this gives you more freedom and control to decide what is best for you.  You will have to provide evidence as to how the direct payments have been spent.

Third-party personal health budget

An independent organisation, for example a lawyer will hold the funding on your behalf and arranges and pays for the care and support you need as identified in a plan of care.

Notional personal health budget

The funding available to you based on your assessed needs will be managed by your local authority, or your NHS team.  They will arrange the care and support you need, including choosing the care provider and pay for the care directly, which means you do not get any funding directly.

If you manage your own personal budget you will be free to choose the provider you wish to receive care from, whereas if the local authority manage it through your social services team you will be restricted to using a provider from their preferred supplier list.  However, it is worth noting that you can be rest assured that the care providers on the social services approved suppliers list will have gone through rigorous checks for safety and compliance.


There are a series of steps involved in securing social care funding.

  • Firstly, speak to your GP.  If they feel you are eligible, they will refer you to your local authority
  • The adult services team at your local authority will then arrange for an assessment of your care needs
  • A report is produced defining your assessed care and health needs
  • A financial assessment (means test) will be conducted to determine your ability to pay the cost of the care you need. All your personal assets, liquid and fixed are considered in the process
  • The results of the means test will determine whether you are eligible for part of full social care funding, or you whether you will need to self-fund the care you need


In Scotland you can access social care funding by taking the following steps:

  • The first step is to contact your local authority social services team to arrange an assessment
  • The social services team will then arrange for an assessment of your care needs
  • A report is produced defining your assessed care and health needs
  • If you are assessed as needing personal care or nursing care, this will be funded by the local authority, however the cost of any other care and support needs may need to be funded by you

Arranging for Home Care

If you are eligible for social care funding or if you already have funding for social care in place, we can provide impartial support and guidance on how you can arrange home care for yourself or a loved one.

The personal budget you receive will show how much the council is paying towards your care. This may be enough to cover some or all of the cost of receiving care in your own home. We can provide a care package that is tailored to your unique care needs and preferences while also considering your budget and future care costs.

Do not hesitate to call one of our friendly care experts to discuss the next steps in arranging quality care at home.


You may also find that you are eligible to access the following Government funding.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

If you have a child under the age of 16 who has complex care needs and requires more support from you than a child without the disability, you may be eligible to claim DLA

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults

A new Government social care funding scheme called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing the DLA for adults over 16 with a disability or a long-term condition.  This is available to adults until the state pension age.

Attendance Allowance

The Attendance Allowance benefit for people of state pension age or older who require care and support or have a disability and need a family member to look after them regularly.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you are unable to work due to long-term illness or disability you may be entitled to ESA.


If your home requires minor adaptations to make it more suitable for your care, you may be entitled to funding. Most local authorities offer up to £1,500 for small adaptations such as installing lever taps or handrails around the home. This funding is available as long as you’ve been assessed by your local authorities as qualifying for home adaptions. Disabled Facilities Grants for major adaptations are also available for up to £35,000 if you meet the eligibility criteria.


If you require independent information and care funding advice about your home care funding options, there are a number of charities and advisory services that can provide you with valuable care funding guidance, including:

Get in touch with our friendly care experts about social care funding or contact a location near you. We provide impartial guidance and advice, so you make the right choice for you and your family

  0808 239 1525

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