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Paying for residential care services


Do I have to pay for my residential or nursing home care?

If you need permanent residential care and you have capital more than £23,250, it is likely you will have to pay for your own care without financial help from the council. For more information, please see what if I am funding the cost myself. However, please note for advice and assistance you can contact us.

You may be eligible for financial support if your capital falls below £23,250. You will usually need to contribute towards the cost of your care. The amount you will be asked to pay will depend on your income and capital. It will also depend on whether your stay in the home is temporary or permanent.

By completing a financial assessment form (PDF), we can work out how much you will pay. We will offer to help you with this and answer any questions you may have. A financial assessment form can be completed by you or your representative.

For general information and advice, please also see:

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What happens to my home when I pay for residential or nursing home care?

If you move into a care home permanently, the council may take the value of any property you own into account when working out how much you will have to pay. The leaflet 'Paying for Care in Surrey 2015' (PDF) explains how we treat the value of your property and what your options are if we do take it into account.

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What if I am funding the cost myself?

If you already know you will be making your own arrangements and paying the full cost of your care home fees, you will be classed as self-funding. Please also see Paying for your own long term care for further information and advice.

If you have been assessed to pay the full cost of your care home fees, but cannot afford to pay the full amount immediately because your capital is tied up in your home, please see Deferred Payments Information sheet (PDF). The sheet explains the council's deferred payments scheme, how it works and who may be eligible.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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