Local authority funding for live-in care – Direct Payments
Direct payments are a great way to give you flexibility, choice and control over your care.
Local authorities can arrange for people who need live-in care to receive funding so they can arrange their own care – either in their own home or in a residential care home.
The first step is to discuss with the social services department of your local authority what financial support you may be entitled to.
This will consist of an assessment of your care needs and financial situation.
Local authorities set their own eligibility criteria based on one of four care levels: low, moderate, substantial and critical. Every local authority makes their criteria available on request.
Based on an assessment of the person’s financial situation and the eligibility of their care needs, the local authority will decide who is to pay for the care whether it be the person themselves, the local authority, or a combination of both.