Paying for a care home
We explain options for paying for a care home, from local authority support and NHS Continuing Healthcare to paying the costs yourself.
Care home fees
Find out how fees vary across the UK. There are also differences depending on your care needs and the type of care home you are looking for.
Self-funding a care home
We explain how to cover the costs of a care home if you're a self-funder, what happens if your money runs out and where to get financial advice.
Local authority funding for care homes
Government funding might be available to help you pay for a care home – we explain the means test thresholds and other rules.
Deferred payment agreements
A ‘deferred payment agreement’ is a long-term loan that can be requested from the council to help you pay your care home fees.
Care home top-up fees
A top-up fee can enable someone to live in the best care home for their needs, even if the local authority is not willing to meet the full cost of the chosen home.
The 12-week property disregard
In certain circumstances, your local authority may give you 12 weeks of breathing space to decide whether to sell your home to pay care home fees.
Find out what's provided at a residential care home, how to find homes near you and what life is like in a care home.
We look at the practical benefits of care homes, including safety and 24-hour help, and at the potential downsides, too.
Our checklist of questions to ask about care home contracts, from deposits and fees to changes to the terms of service.