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Do I need to pay for care?

Most people have to pay something towards their care and support.

How much you will be asked to pay depends on your income and assets.

Try our 5-minute care contribution calculator to get a rough estimate of how much you might be asked to pay towards your care.

Care and support you don’t have to pay for

Some care and support is free, including:

  • short term support for people who have been in hospital, also called intermediate care and reablement, that lasts up to 6 weeks
  • aids and minor adaptations costing £1,000 or less
  • support services offered to carers - for more information contact Carers First
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