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Paying for Care

How you pay for your care will depend on your own financial circumstances and your care needs.

  1. You, or someone you care for, contact Social Care Direct - Wakefield Council on 0345 8 503 503 to make an initial enquiry about your current situation.
  2. You will have a conversation with a trained staff member to discuss your care and support needs - this is known as a Care Act Assessment.
  3. You will then have a further conversation about the different ways your care and support needs could be met and how much this will cost.
  4. A financial assessment will work out how it will be paid for. Depending on how much you have in savings and assets, you could be eligible for some financial support from the council.

Wakefield Council  have an online tool ‘Bettercare Wakefield’ that will guide you through a financial assessment for care, and calculate how much you will have to pay towards your care costs. You can find it here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau provide advice online, by telephone, email and face to face.

The following national organisations provide impartial advice and information about paying for your care

  • CareAware UK provides free advice on care fee funding for older people.
  • First Stop Care Advice provides independent free advice and information about care and support.
  • National Careline is a non-profit organisation, and provides information about care and support.
  • Which? Elderly Care provides free impartial advice about care options.
  • Age UK provide advice guides about paying for care. 

If you have been assessed as needing social care support, you may be offered a direct payment.

This enables you to:

  • Arrange and manage your own support
  • Have more choice in who helps support you
  • Be more flexible and creative and fit around your life and needs

Managing a Direct Payment can be quite time consuming, and it is important if you choose to manage your support in this way you are clear of what is involved. A Third Party Supported Accountant (TPSA), such as Penderels Trust, can support you in managing your Direct Payment.

Penderels Trust is working in partnership with  Wakefield Council to support adults and children who receive a direct payment in the area to get the most out of their care money and to achieve their goals. You can find out about their direct payments drop-in sessions on their website.

Last updated: 5/2/2023