Paying for your care costs

When we arrange care services for you, you might have to pay towards the cost.

Who needs to pay towards their care?

Once we've agreed the care you can get from us, we'll talk to you about the money side of things.

Whether you need to pay anything depends on the money you have and any property you own.

You'll pay the full costs if you have money or property over £23,250.

If you have less, we'll work out how much you'll need to pay towards your care costs.

 

Paying for your services

If you do need to pay towards your care, we'll talk to you about how you can do that.

You can also pay by phone and by direct debit or standing order.


How much care costs

Home care costs

Home care costs £18.84 an hour.

Day care costs

Day care costs £20.56 for half a day.  It's £41.12 for a full day.

Transport to and from a day centre is an additional £2 per day.

Lunch is an extra £2.97 per day.

Flexicare or Supported Living costs

Costs for Flexicare and Supported Living care depend on how much help you need.

We'll agree the level of care you need (low, medium or high) at your social care assessment.

Flexicare:

  • Low Band – £27.48 per week
  • Medium Band – £109.92 per week
  • High Band – £256.48 per week.

Supported Living schemes:

  • Low Band – £26.70 per week
  • Medium Band – £106.80 per week
  • High Band – £249.20 per week.

Care home costs

The cost of a care home depends on the specific home and the level of care you need. 

Below are standard rates – that's what we'll pay.  Care homes with higher costs may ask you to pay a little extra to meet the difference.

Long stay – per week

Single room for:

  • older people – £419.77 (existing residents only)
  • older people with high needs – £496.68
  • older people with dementia – £575.32
  • care home with nursing – £522.47 (excluding registered nursing care contribution)
  • Accredited provider rate: care home for older people - dementia care – £591.84.


Shared room for:

  • older people – £385.07 (existing residents only)
  • older people with high needs – £462.12
  • older people with dementia – £539.64
  • care home with nursing – £474.63 (excluding registered nursing care contribution).


Short stay - per week

  • Older people – £521.69
  • older people with dementia – £600.93
  • care home with nursing – £547.80 (excluding registered nursing care contribution)
  • care home with nursing - dementia care – £615.70 (excluding registered nursing care contribution)
  • Accredited provider rate: care home for older people with dementia – £617.53.


It's cheaper if we can pay for several rooms for different people in one go.  This is called a "block contract rate".

  • care home with nursing – £566.72 (excluding registered nursing care contribution)
  • care home with dementia care – £635.23 (excluding registered nursing care contribution).

 

Free advice about paying for care

Get free advice about paying for your care from HertsHelp:

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0300 123 4044

www.hertshelp.net


Mon to Fri, 8am - 6pm


Things you don't pay for

Equipment – you won't need to pay for any care equipment if we decide that you need it.

Home care and day centre visits – you won't pay if:

  • you have a very low income,
  • you're in the end stages of a terminal illness
  • you get care after leaving a mental health hospital.

Housing support services – you won't pay if:

  • you get housing benefit.  We'll pay your support charge for 6 months, then we'll check if your income is still the same.
  • you live in temporary accommodation which helps you live independently. within two years. 
  • you get care after leaving a mental health hospital.

Booklets and factsheets - understanding your care costs

Adult social care - charging booklets and factsheets