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Last updated:
16/11/2017

How do I pay for social care?

What is social care?

  1. Overview
  2. What is social care?
  3. When can the Trust charge me for non-residential services?
  4. I am a carer; will the Trust charge me?
  5. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  6. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  7. What are direct payments?
  8. Can I get direct payments?
  9. How will the local Trust pay me?
  10. What can I spend direct payments on?
  11. What are important things to know about managing Direct Payments?
  12. When will my direct payments end?
  13. Next steps

Social Care, or a ‘non-residential service’ is a service you get to meet your social care needs in the community. These services are to help you improve your wellbeing and enable you to continue living independently in your home.

Social Care at home

These services are to help you improve your wellbeing and enable you to continue living independently in your home.

These services may be:

  • Help at home,
  • Getting meals,
  • Activities such as going on trips,
  • Help with education, and
  • Going to a day centre.

This does not include supported or residential accommodation. Charging for residential care services is different to community services and it is covered in the How do I pay for residential care section.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is social care?
  3. When can the Trust charge me for non-residential services?
  4. I am a carer; will the Trust charge me?
  5. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  6. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  7. What are direct payments?
  8. Can I get direct payments?
  9. How will the local Trust pay me?
  10. What can I spend direct payments on?
  11. What are important things to know about managing Direct Payments?
  12. When will my direct payments end?
  13. Next steps
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