Paying for care: rates and thresholds

People affected by dementia may be entitled to help paying for care. Find out about the current benefit rates and thresholds below. 

This page provides details of benefits rates and savings thresholds from April 2020 to March 2021.

Find out more about benefits for people affected by dementia and how to apply for them.

NHS-funded nursing care

In England, the standard rate is £183.92 weekly.

In Wales, the standard rate is £179.97 weekly.

In Northern Ireland, the standard rate is £100 weekly.

Payment of home care and care home fees

The upper savings threshold in England and Northern Ireland (above which the person has to pay all their costs) is £23,250.

The lower savings threshold in England and Northern Ireland (below which a person’s savings are no longer taken into account, although all other income including benefits and pensions is still counted) is £14,250.

The upper savings threshold in Wales is £50,000 for residential care and £24,000 for care at home.

There is no lower savings threshold in Wales.

People in Wales will pay no more than £100 per week for their care at home.

Personal expenses allowance for people in care

In England and Northern Ireland: £24.90 weekly

In Wales: £32.00 weekly (now called the ‘Minimum income amount’).

What benefits are you entitled to?

Find out what benefits are available if you are someone living with dementia or a carer. 

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