Somerset County Council

Paying for your care


The Government sets the level of savings that determines if you can get help with your care fees. This is called the 'Capital Threshold', and is currently £23,250.

If you have more than this amount in capital and savings you cannot get any help with care fees from us. This means that you will have to pay the full amount of fees yourself until your savings fall to £23,250.

Other benefits you may qualify for.
If you are not getting any help with your care fees from us you may qualify for Attendance Allowance (if you are 65 or over) or Personal Independence Payment (if you are 16 to 64). You can claim these benefits regardless of how much income you have or the level of your savings.

If you are not already claiming one of these benefits please phone the Benefit Enquiry Line on
0800 882200 or contact:
The Disability Benefits Centre
Government Buildings
Flowers Hill
Phone 0117 9718345.

NHS Funded Care
People who pay for their own care in a nursing home can ask for an assessment to get NHS funding for the nursing part of their care. Your home will tell you how to do this. You will have to fill in a consent form. When you have signed the form, a District Nurse will arrange to visit you to carry out this assessment. You do not have to have an assessment, but if you choose not to have one, no payments can be made. 

The weekly rate for NHS funded care is £155.05. When the District Nurse has agreed that you are entitled to NHS funded care you can negotiate a reduction in your fees with your nursing home.  

Some homes do not reduce their fees but return the money to you once they have been paid by the NHS.

When to contact Somerset County Council for help with care fees
It is very important that you contact us as soon as possible when your savings drop to £30,000. You may be able to get some help with care fees from Somerset County Council when this happens. If possible visit a Community Connect drop-in, or you can phone us on 0300 123 2224.

Independent Financial Advice
We advise all residents to take independent financial advice, as there may be several different ways of paying for care.


Contact: Customer Contact
Use the 'Contact Adult Social Care' form if you have a quick question for the team 
For a more detailed conversation please phone 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 321380
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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