Every individual is entitled to have a Care Needs Assessment carried out by their local authority. This is typically conducted by an occupational therapist or a social worker. You can also carry out the assessment yourself.
If your local authority determines that you have a care need, they will carry out a financial assessment, known as a means test, to determine who should pay for that care. Typically, if you have savings and assets worth over £23,250 then you will be required to meet the cost of the care yourself. Where you are receiving care at home, the value of your home is disregarded from the means assessment.
If you are entitled to financial support from your local authority, then the money can be paid into your ‘personal budget’. This means that you or somebody nominated on your behalf can control the money that you receive and decide who provides your care to you.
Please contact us for further information about Local Authority Funding.