Paying for care at home
We explain the options for paying for care at home, from local authority support to paying for it yourself, known as self-funding.
Home care fees
Find out about home care fees and how they vary depending on the type of care you need and where you live in the UK.
Local authority funding for care in your own home
Following a financial assessment, government funding for home care may be available. We explain how the means test for home care works and other rules.
The hidden costs of home care
One alternative to a care home in later life is hiring professional carers to look after you in your own home. This can be more affordable than a care home, but there are potential hidden costs to look out for.
Personal budgets and direct payments
Find out about personal budgets and direct payments and how they can give you greater control over the support and care services you need at home.
Equity release to pay for care at home
Equity release can unlock capital to help pay for care at home, but it isn’t suitable for everyone. We explain the benefits and pitfalls.
If you’re finding it difficult to manage, home care can provide the support you need to stay independent at home.
Use our step-by-step guide and checklist to help you find the best home care provider for your needs.
Explore the options for paying for a care home: local authority funding, paying for yourself or NHS support.