Your local council may be able to assist in funding your care in a care home. This will depend on whether the council agrees that you need such a high level of care following an assessment of your needs, and will also depend on an assessment of your financial circumstances to find out how much, if any, the council should be paying towards the cost of the care.
This financial assessment, or 'means test', is based on nationally set guidelines and looks at how much income and capital (savings, assets and property) you have.
If you have over a certain amount in savings (a figure set by the government) you will probably be required to pay for the full costs of your care for as long as your savings remain above this amount. If you have less than this amount in savings you may be entitled to financial help.
If you own a property, its value may be taken into account when the council works out how much you should pay towards your care home or you can make an agreement that will allow you to pay for some or all of your care costs at a later date. This is called a deferred payment scheme and you can find more details about it below.
There are some circumstances, when other people are also living in your home, when the value of the property will be ignored during the financial assessment. If you own a property it is always sensible to seek independent financial advice about how best to pay for your long-term care costs.
If you are eligible for nursing home care then you may be eligible for some of the cost of the care to paid for by the NHS - see 'Exemptions' below.
Your local council will provide full details of what to expect, and how your contribution will be decided, when you complete the financial assessment.