Paying for care

Many people with dementia will need care and support as their condition progresses. This is often a mix of care from family, friends and professionals. Paid care can take a number of different forms and focuses on meeting the person’s needs to improve their wellbeing.

Paying for social care can be a concern for many people – this factsheet outlines the various ways to pay for social care, and the amount someone might be expected to pay. It refers frequently to the Care Act (2014). This Act sets out the legal responsibilities of local authorities for adults who need care, as well as their carers. There will be further changes to the rules about paying for care in April 2020 as provisions in this Act become law, and this factsheet will be updated to reflect those changes at that time.

This factsheet is for people living in England, and is not intended for Wales and Northern Ireland, where the laws are different. For information about the laws in Wales see our pages Paying for care in Wales and Paying for care in Northern Ireland