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 the type of care home you are looking for and your care needs.
Care home costs across the UK in 2019
Anyone who has looked for a care home knows how expensive they can be. In 2018-19 fees rose by almost 5%, the biggest hike in 10 years. But fees vary depending on where you live and the level of care needed.
Self-funding a care home
We explain how you can pay for your care, what happens if your money runs out and getting financial advice.
Local authority funding for a care home
Government funding might be available to help pay for a care home – we explain the means test thresholds and other rules.
Financial assessment calculations for residential care
The financial assessment for residential care is governed by strict guidelines. Here, we give you an overview of the most important elements.
Deferred payment agreements and the property disregard
A ‘deferred payment agreement’ is a long-term loan that can be requested from the council to help you pay your 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.