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Financial help and advice

Will I qualify for financial help?

To see if you might qualify for financial assistance from Hampshire County Council Adult Services Department, you can complete our online financial assessment. This is an indicative guide and is not designed to replace an individual assessment.

To begin this rough guide to financial help and see if you qualify for help from Hampshire County Council Adult Services, please select Start >> below.

It is important that everyone who is entitled to benefits or help receives all that they are entitled to. There are a range of benefits for which you may be eligible, please see the benefits page to find out if you might qualify for any of them.

  1. Where are you looking to spend your money?

    1. Care in my own home
    2. Care in a residential care home
  2. Do you have over £23,250 in capital?

    1. No
    2. Yes

      If you have over £23,250 in capital (amount correct at April 2013), you may not be eligible for any funding assistance from Adult Services if you need residential care, and may be expected to meet the full cost of the care yourself. However, you can still receive advice from Adult Services about which care home may best suit your current needs. If your needs can be met in your own home, you would be expected to make a contribution towards the cost of your care up to a maximum weekly amount, depending on your financial circumstances.

      Even if you have more than £23,250 in capital, you can ask for an assessment of your needs, and help to arrange your care if you need this.

      There are some types of capital that we do not include as assessable capital when working out if someone is eligible for funding assistance, such as money you have received from compensation for a Personal Injury. If you are not sure how your capital will be treated, you can ask for a financial assessment once it is confirmed that you meet Adult Services eligibility criteria for care in a residential care home or care at your home.

      If you would like contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

  3. Do you own a property?

    1. No

      If you do not own a property, you may be eligible for Adult Services assistance and/or funding towards the cost of your care if your weekly income is less than the amount that Adult Services will pay for the care. If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

    2. Yes
  4. Do you own a property that you are not living in before you go into care or do you own more than one property?

    1. No
    2. Yes

      If you own a property that you are not living in before you go into care, you are unlikely to get help with your fees in a care home. This is because the property will be treated as a disposable asset. However, there may be circumstances that mean this will not be the case. For further information on this, please contact 01962 845128

      If you own more than one property you are unlikely to get any help with your care fees because you will be considered to have assets that take you above the current threshold of £23,250.

      If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

  5. Are you going to go into a care home for a short stay (respite)?

    1. No

      If you are going into permanent care in a care home, there may be circumstances where we disregard the value of the property you own and live in.

    2. Yes

      Your property will be disregarded if you are only having a short stay in a care home and you may be eligible for Adult Services assistance and/or funding towards the cost of your care if your weekly income is less than the amount that Adult Services will pay for the care.

      If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

  6. Does someone else live in the property with you?

    1. No

      If you live alone before going into permanent residential care and own the property you live in, you may be eligible for the 12 week property disregard. This is where we disregard the value of your property for the first 12 weeks of your permanent stay in a care home. You will still be assessed to pay towards your care from the rest of your capital and your income.

      At the end of the 12 week property disregard period, you will be assessed to pay the full cost of your care because the value of your property will be included in the financial assessment. If the property is jointly owned, we will only include the value of the share that you own. You can apply for the Deferred Payments Scheme to help meet the shortfall in the cost of your care from the amount you are assessed to pay from your income each week. The Deferred Payments Scheme is a loan and the amount of the shortfall will accrue as a debt each week to be repaid at a later date. For more information about the Deferred Payments Scheme, contact 09162 845128.

      If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

    2. Yes

      If someone else lives in the property with you and they will continue to live in the property after you have gone into a care home permanently, we will not take the value of the property into your financial assessment for care if they fall into the following categories:

      • your husband, wife or partner
      • a family member who is over 60 years old
      • a family member who is disabled
      • a family member who is under 16 years old and directly dependant on you.

      We will also consider disregarding the property if the person who lives there is your carer and has no other home available to them.

      If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

  7. Do you have over £23,250 in capital?

    1. No
    2. Yes

      If you have over £23,250 in capital (amount correct at April 2013), you may not be eligible for any funding assistance from Adult Services if you need residential care, and may be expected to meet the full cost of the care yourself. However, you can still receive advice from Adult Services about which care home may best suit your current needs. If your needs can be met in your own home, you would be expected to make a contribution towards the cost of your care up to a maximum weekly amount, depending on your financial circumstances.

      Even if you have more than £23,250 in capital, you can ask for an assessment of your needs, and help to arrange your care if you need this.

      There are some types of capital that we do not include as assessable capital when working out if someone is eligible for funding assistance, such as money you have received from compensation for a Personal Injury. If you are not sure how your capital will be treated, you can ask for a financial assessment once it is confirmed that you meet Adult Services eligibility criteria for care in a residential care home or care at your home.

      If you would like contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

  8. Do you own a property?

    1. No

      If you do not own a property, you may be eligible for Adult Services assistance and/or funding towards the cost of your care if your weekly income is less than the amount that Adult Services will pay for the care. If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

    2. Yes
  9. Do you own a property that you are not living in, or do you own more than one property?

    1. No

      If you own a property and currently live in this property, you may be eligible for Adult Services assistance and/or funding towards the cost of your care. If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

    2. Yes

      If you own a property but do not currently live in that property, you are unlikely to be eligible for any funding assistance from Adult Services and may be expected to meet the full cost of the care yourself. This is also the case if you own more than one property.

      However, you can still receive advice from Adult Services about which home or care service may best suit your current needs. If you would like to contact us about this please call 0845 603 5630.

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