Financial Information for Respite/Temporary Residential or Nursing Care
April 2011 - March 2012
- Will I have to pay for my stay?
- How much will I have to pay?
- Will I get help to pay for my stay?
- What is counted as income?
- What is counted as capital?
- When do I have to pay for my stay?
- What if I am a Self Funder and paying for my own care?
- What if I have further questions?
- Can I claim any other help?
- Complaints, Suggestions and Compliments
- Safeguarding Adults in Tameside
- Useful Contacts
This page is for people who are going into a care home (residential or nursing) for respite care or a temporary stay. It explains how much we charge and how you can get help towards the cost.
Yes. Everyone has to pay something towards their care. If you have been assessed by Adult Services (Finance) as needing short term residential or nursing care, we have to carry out a financial assessment.
If you have already had a fairer charging assessment conducted (e.g. because you receive care at home normally or attend a day centre) that has taken place within the last financial year, your financial assessment will be based upon this information.
However, if you are not normally in receipt of services in the community, a visit will be arranged on behalf of Adult Services (Finance), by a member of the Tameside Joint Pension Team who will collect financial information concerning your income and capital and also advise you on any benefit entitlement that you may be able to apply for.
The visit will be arranged once notification of your placement has been submitted to Adult Services (Finance).
In circumstances where it has not been possible to arrange a visit you will be sent a financial information form HQ115 126.96 KB to complete and return. If this is not returned with 14 days you will be assessed to pay the full cost of your placement.
Your contribution will be based on a number of factors, including your age, income and capital
If you have more than £23,250 in capital or savings you must pay the full cost of the care home for the duration of the stay. As the standard rates in private homes vary, you should contact Adult Services (Finance) 0161 342 3371/3315/3362/3598. For full details of the full cost of a placement in a private home.
Please note that when we work out your costs for respite care or a temporary stay, the value of your home is not taken into consideration.
Income means regular payments that you receive and includes the Retirement Pension or other benefits, such as Income Support, Private or Occupational Pensions and any annuities or trust funds.
Capital is your savings and property. Savings include bank or building society accounts, National Savings Certificates, bonds, PEPs, TESSAs, ISAs and shares. It could be in your sole name or jointly owned. Where capital is held in joint names, you should show your share only and clearly mark the financial assessment form (HQ115 126.96 KB ) - you should advise the Joint Team visiting officer of your share only.
Useful tip: HQ115 126.96 KB is the form you fill out, detailing your financial details. We can then work out your contribution to the cost of your stay.
This depends on what your income is and what other assets you have.
If you are already in receipt of Pension Credit then this will still be paid to you when you go into the home. You must use this to pay the bill that you will be sent from Adult Services (Finance).
If you are not getting Income Support (Pension Credit) already and you have less than £16,000, you may be entitled to claim. You should complete a claim immediately on admission to the home. The Department of Works and Pensions can advise you of what you need to do (Tel: 0161 253 8200). You must return the completed form within 28 days and they will then tell you whether you qualify for help.
Remember - if you do not get extra help from the Department for Work and Pensions, you will still be expected to pay towards your stay.
You will receive an invoice(s) from Adult Services (Finance) at the end of your stay.
If you are paying for your own care, you are considered to be "Self funding". If you are a Self funder and not receiving any of our adult care services you are still entitled to help, information and advice about staying in your own home or moving into a care home.
Our Customer Care Officers will be pleased to advise you and can make home visits if necessary. We can provide information in a wide range of different formats and will provide an interpreter if necessary. Additionally, highly trained Welfare Rights Officers are available and can advise you about benefits, allowances and pension entitlements
If you have any questions about the cost of moving into a care home, please do not hesitate to contact Adult Services (Finance). Someone will be happy to talk with you.
0161 342 3371/3315/3362/3598.
If you need personal care at home, you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance worth up to £79.50 per week.
For more details contact the DLA/AA Helpline on 0845 712 3456.
If you would like to make a complaint, suggestion or compliment about our service please use the link provided.
You do not have to give your name and any information will be treated confidentially. We will always respect the wishes and feelings of the person at risk of abuse.