Care homes—placement options and fees
Produced in partnership with Jonathan Auburn of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Arianna Kelly of Kings Chambers
Care homes—placement options and fees

The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Jonathan Auburn of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Arianna Kelly of Kings Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Care homes—placement options and fees
  • Definition of a local authority care home
  • Registration of care homes
  • Non-care home establishments
  • Choice of care home
  • Care home fees and payment
  • Charging assessment
  • Value of the former home
  • Deferred payments
  • Housing benefit

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes provision to introduce changes to the Care Act 2014 duties on local authorities when needed during management of the pandemic. For details, see News Analysis: The Coronavirus Act 2020 and its impact on social care provision. For further information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social care tracker and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—local government tracker.

A local authority has a duty to place an assessed adult, with needs for care and support, in their preferred accommodation if certain criteria are met. If the local authority does this, the adult, depending on an assessment of their income and capital, may be required to make payments towards the cost of their place. A person may be placed in an establishment that is either a licensed or non-licensed care home.

If an elderly or vulnerable person requires a high level of support from a local authority, a residential care home could be appropriate.

Definition of a local authority care home

A local authority care home in England is a home that provides accommodation together with personal or nursing care (including emotional or psychiatric care) for people who:

  1. are or have been ill

  2. have or have had a mental disorder

  3. are disabled or infirm

  4. are or have been dependent on alcohol or drugs

Registration of care

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