In most circumstances people are expected to contribute towards the cost of their care but some help from Adult Services is free. Free services include information, advice and assessments of what help people and their carers need.
There is always a charge for residential care, and the rules Adult Services use to decide how much you will contribute to the cost of your care are set down by government.
Nearly everyone has to pay a contribution towards the cost of living in a care home, and the amount they pay depends on their financial circumstances.
The cost of residential care depends on the type and level of care that someone needs, the facilities offered in the home, as well as the specification of a particular bedroom.
More information is contained in the in the publication Paying for Residential Care.
Capital thresholds from April 2012 are detailed below: