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Finances - Costs and Benefits 


There may be charges for the services received by the person you care for but they may also qualify for financial help and welfare benefits.

Who will pay?

As well as working out what services the person is entitled to through a Community Care Assessment, it is also necessary to calculate how much, if anything, they will pay towards these services.

This will be done through a financial assessment, where the finances of the person you care for will be assessed.

The person you are caring for can choose not to have a financial assessment and in this case they will be expected to pay the full charges for the services provided.

If the person your care for is aged 65 years or over on the day of discharge, and has been assessed as needing home care, then they are entitled to this free of charge for a maximum of 28 days.

However, free Personal Care, such as bathing and dressing, continues for those aged 65 years ad over. For further information contact your local Social Work Service.

Welfare Benefits and Financial Support

Both you and the person you are caring for may be entitled to claim benefits. Below is a list of some of the benefits you or the person you are caring for may be entitled to:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Carer Allowance
The above is not an exhaustive list of the benefits available.

For access and assistance contact:

Pension Service:

Citizens Advice Bureau:

Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre:

Local Social Work Office:

Local Money Matters (South Lanarkshire only):

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