Your local council can provide a flat rate payment for the personal and nursing care part of your care home fees if:
- you're an adult 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.
Pending Parliamentary approval the personal and nursing care payment rates will increase on 1 April 2020 to:
- £180 a week for personal care
- £81 a week for nursing care
How the payments are made
An assessment of your care needs will be carried out, and if you are eligible to receive free personal and/or nursing care, a contract will be put in place between the local council and the care provider. Once the contract is in place your council will make payments directly to the care provider.
The council doesn't have to backdate the payments to the date you moved into the care home.
If you receive the personal care contribution towards 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.
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: 21st April 2020