Care homes

How much will it cost?

Before we can arrange any payment towards the cost of a care home placement we must assess your financial needs.

The cost of a service varies depending on your eligibility to receive it. In some cases services may be free. In others, a charge may be applied in line with our eligibility criteria and charging policy

Personal care and nursing care

The charge for living in a care home is calculated in two parts:

  • personal care costs
  • accommodation costs

Free Personal and Nursing Care

  • you may be eligible for financial assistance for some or all of your personal care if you have been assessed as requiring residential care
  • you may be eligible for additional financial assistance if you have been assessed as requiring nursing care
  • you will lose entitlement to both Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (Care Component) after four weeks if you claim free personal care
  • please inform the Department of Works and Pensions that you are moving into a care home

Financial assessment

  • a Community Care Assessor (Finance) will undertake a financial assessment to work out what your individual charges will be
  • if you own your home, the value of your property will be discussed during your financial assessment, including options on deferred payments
  • a deferred payment agreement is a legal agreement between both you and us which grants us a standard security over your home to cover the deferred amount

More information

  • if you have any queries about your care home placement, please speak to your named worker
  • general information is also available from your nearest What Matters Hub or by phoning us on 0300 100 1800 (option one)

Social Care and Health

Emergency out of office hours: 01896 752111

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St Boswells

Telephone: 0300 100 1800