You will not be entitled to help with the cost of care from your local council if:
- you have savings worth more than £23,250
- you own your own property (this only applies if you're moving into a care home)
You can ask for a financial assessment (means test) to check if you qualify for any help with costs.
Advice on accessing and paying for care
- arrange and pay for care yourself without involving the council
- ask Solihull Council to arrange and pay for your care (the council will then invoice you and an arrangement fee will apply)
Even if you pay for your care, we Solihull Council can carry out an assessment to look at what care and support you might need. For example, the assessment will help you to:
- explore what you can do
- understand what support you already have
- learn what support you may benefit from
- fin out what support may be available in your local community.
The needs assessment is free and anyone can ask for one. Even if you're intending to make arrangements yourself with a care agency or private carer, it's still a good idea to have a assessment as it will help you to explain to the agency or carer what kind of support you would like.
You can complete an online self-assessment for more information, or contact us:
- Tel: 0121 704 8007
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact The Solihull Community Advice Hubs for support. The Advice Hubs are based in Solihull and Chelmsley Wood Libraries and are the first point of contact for information, advice and support in Solihull for residents of all ages, and their carers:
- Tel: 0121 709 7590
- Email: email@example.com
How much will care cost?
A typical hourly rate for a carer to come to your home is around £15.50 in Solihull.
The NHS provides advice about how to arrange home care.
Care home costs can vary, but weekly costs can start from approximately £600. The price will vary according to where you live and the type of care you need. For example, health problems including dementia can increase the cost.
There are 2 types of care home:
- residential homes that provide accommodation and personal care, such as help with; washing, dressing, taking medication and going to the toilet- some care homes also offer activities such as day trips
- nursing homes that also provide personal care, but there will always be one or more qualified Nurses on duty to provide nursing care
We can help you choose a care home that's right for you.
Benefits can help with care costs
You may be eligible for benefits, for example, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which aren't means-tested.
You can use them to pay towards the cost of your care.
Will I have to sell my home?
You won't have to sell your home to pay for care in your own home. You may have to sell your home to pay for a care home, unless your partner or another eligible person carries on living in it.
There may be other ways to pay care home fees if you don't want to sell your home straight away.
Releasing money from your home (equity release)
Equity release lets you take money that's tied up in your home without selling it. It's available if you're over 55.
You have to pay interest on the money you take out, which can be expensive. Equity release may also impact on your eligibility for a deferred payment scheme.
The Money Advice Service has more information on equity release.
Renting out your home
You can rent out your home and use the income to help pay your care home fees.
A deferred payment scheme can be useful if you have savings less than £23,250 and all your money is tied up in your property.
Under this scheme Solihull Council pays for your care home fees and it is repaid later when you choose to sell your home, or after your death.
Get expert financial help
You can get unbiased expert advice from a specialist care fees adviser.
They'll help you compare all your options before you decide what's right for you.
Find a specialist care fees adviser in your area with:
- PayingForCare, a free information service for older people
- The Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA)
- Age UK on freephone 0800 169 6565
- Independent Age on freephone 0800 319 6789
- The Money Advice Service on freephone 0800 138 7777
If your savings run out
If your savings fall below £23,250, Solihull Council might be able to help with the cost of care.
You should contact us about 3 months before you think your savings will drop to below £23,250 and ask us assess or reassess your care needs and your finances.
If the amount you have been paying for your care exceeds the amount we can reasonably pay, then a top-up fee may be required if you wish to remain in the care home of your choice.
If you are buying care at home that exceeds the amount the council can reasonably pay, you may need to change care agencies. Your individual circumstances will be assessed at the time. You may also want to consider a direct payment.
e are only able to provide funding from the date you contact us. You won't be reimbursed if your savings are less than £23,250 before you contact us.
Support you can access for free
You might be able to get some free help regardless of your income or if you're paying for your care.
This can include:
- small items of equipment or home adaptations that each cost less than £1,000
- NHS care, such as NHS continuing healthcare, NHS-funded nursing care and care after you have been discharged from hospital
The NHS provides more information about care and support you can get for free
Support for carers of people who are self-funding their care
If you are caring for someone who is self-funding their care, you are still entitled to an assessment of your own needs, and may be entitled to funding for support in your own right.
Read more about support for carers.