Care funding

We use national rules to work out if you are eligible for us to help pay for any care and support that you need. There are two sets of rules; care eligibility and financial eligibility.

If you live in Somerset, are at least 18 years old and have a care need that significantly affects your wellbeing, for example, with your personal care, staying independent, keeping safe, staying physically and mentally well, or maintaining relationships that are important to you, we may be able to help you pay for your care and support.

We may also support you if you are providing necessary care for someone else and are not being paid to do so. Please see our carers information.

We can’t financially help everyone who asks because we are only able to support people who meet the National Eligibility Criteria. If you meet the criteria we will still check to see if there is another person or organisation who could reasonably be expected to help you.

We will only help you pay for unmet eligible needs – things that cannot be provided in any other way, or by anyone else.