Paying for Care
Information and advice on the cost of care
Social Care, unlike health care, is not free to everyone. There is usually a cost for care and support services and most people are likely to have to pay something towards the cost of their care and support and some may need to pay all of the cost. How much you have to pay depends on your financial circumstances.
Paying for care can quickly use up savings. If you are gathering information in case you need care in the future, or if you are paying for your own care or considering moving into a care home the Council recommends that you take independent financial advice before you make any commitments.
The Council recommends using a financial adviser who is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and is accredited with the Society of Later Life Advisers.
The Council has commissioned The Care Advice Line to provide a free confidential financial information and advice service for adults and carers in Gloucestershire. You don’t have to have eligible needs to use the service. The aim is to provide you or your family with the information needed to make informed decisions about preparing, planning and paying for care and support that might be needed.
The Care Advice Line can advise on:
•Planning for future care needs
•The different types of care available and their associated costs.
•Benefits and entitlements
•Paying for care
•Legal matters such as acting on someone’s behalf and wills
•What the pension reforms mean and the potential impacts on funding future care and support needs.
They can also advise you on how to access to appropriate legal advice or regulated financial advice.
The Care Advice line can also be contacted on Tel: 01452 222200
or for more information visit their website www.thecareadviceline.org/home-gcc
These organisations will also provide free advice about funding care and support.
Tel: 0800 055 6112
Money Advice Service
A free and impartial money advice service set up by the Government.
Tel: 0800 138 7777
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