Paying for Care
How to pay for care
The issue of funding for care is an emotive subject, and one that worries many people, particularly at a time when
they are looking for extra support.
The first point of contact for working out paying for care should always be Surrey County Council Adult Social Care Team. They have an obligation to provide you with an initial assessment to ascertain eligibility and possibly a full needs assessment. This will ascertain:
- What your individual needs are.
- How those needs are best supported.
- Whether you are entitled to any assistance with funding.
Whether you know you are going to be funding your care yourself, or you are unsure if you are entitled to funding you are entitled to an initial assessment to determine if you meet eligibility criteria
Assessment and eligibility
Surrey County Council have produced a short film which explains how it all works.
It may also be worth checking entitlement to any Benefits
What are Direct Payments?
- have been assessed as needing help from social services and
- who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local authority
- £23,250 or above for residential services
- £24,500 or above for non-residential services
Find out more
Complete Surrey County Council’s Financial Assessment to see how much you may need to pay towards your care costs. Surrey County Council’s Paying for Care publication explains the different options available and their eligibility criteria. If you, or someone you care for, is arranging and paying for their own care see our useful information to support you on the county council website. We would advise seeking independent financial advice to help you plan for care Society of Later Life Advisors are experts in this area.
You can find more information on Direct Payments here.