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Personal and nursing care in care homes

Personal and nursing care in care homes

Your local council can provide a flat rate payment for the personal and nursing care part of your care home fees if:

  • you're aged 65 or over and living in a care home which you pay for yourself
  • and you've been assessed as having personal or nursing care needs

People of all ages can receive payments for nursing care if they've been assessed as needing it.

Payments for personal and nursing care are only part of the care home fees. You'll still have to contribute towards your accommodation and living costs in the care home the residential part of your care home fees.


The rates paid by the council in 2017/18 are:

  • £171 a week for personal care
  • £78 a week for nursing care

How the payments are made

An assessment of your care needs will be carried out and a contract made between the local council and the care provider. Only then will your council make payments directly to the care provider on your behalf.

The council doesn't have to backdate the payments to the date you moved into the care home.

If you choose to receive the payment for the personal care part of your care home fees, you'll no longer be eligible for Attendance Allowance after 28 days.

You must tell the Department of Work and Pensions about your change in circumstances by phoning 08457 123 456.
Read more about free personal and nursing care.

Further information

The payment of care home fees is a complex subject and depends on many things which are unique to you.

If you want detailed information or personal advice, ask an experienced independent adviser like:

Citizens Advice Scotland - phone 0808 800 9060, 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, or 10am to 2pm on a Saturday
Age Scotland - its fact sheets have information on paying for care homes, or phone their helpline on 0800 12 44 222

The information was last updated on: 8th August 2017


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