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. It includes providing personal care at home, managing money, helping someone get dressed or at mealtimes, and supporting someone to get to work or go shopping. Care may be provided in a person's own home or in a day centre or care home. In the UK, the term 'social care' is often used to describe this type of care, as opposed to care that is provided by the NHS or by families.

Paying for social care can be a concern for many people - this page 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.

The information provided 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 and Northern Ireland, see our pages Paying for care in Wales and Paying for care in Northern Ireland