Bournemouth Council

Paying for Care in a Care Home

How much you have to pay

You need to pay towards any care and support that you need. We work out how much you pay by completing of a financial assessment.  

How much you are required to pay will differ from person to person and is totally dependent on your financial circumstances.  The NHS should pay for the nursing if you need care from a registered nurse.

Once you have been assessed as being eligible for care and support, your allocated worker will calculate the cost of that care which is known as your personal budget.   Your care assessment is totally separate to your financial assessment.

What we pay towards care in a home

The fees charged by care homes vary. We pay a standard amount towards care, per week, as follows:

  • £385 for standard residential care for older people.
  • £495 for higher residential care for older people.
  • £500 for nursing care.

Who do we help with care costs?

We can contribute to your care costs if you have less than £23,250 in savings and we agree that staying in a care home is the best way of meeting your needs.

We pay up to our standard rates for the first 12 weeks.  If your accommodation costs more than our standard rate the extra money will have to be made up by a third party.

If you are living in a care home that charges more than we pay and your capital is likely to fall below £23,250, you should contact us as soon as your capital reaches £30,000.

If you do not wish to have a financial assessment or have capital in excess of £23,250 you will be required to pay the full cost of your care and support.  If you have a property and you want to delay selling it, you may qualify for our Deferred Payment Scheme.

Contact Us


Bournemouth Care Direct

01202 454979


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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