Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for government assistance in meeting some, or all, of your care costs.

Most of the healthcare services we provide are free of charge to our patients under the NHS as long as you are referred by your GP. Those who need after care support, either as a result of an accident, or because they have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, are also eligible for government subsidies. People who are receiving healthcare treatment in a nursing or care home will not need to pay for their healthcare services.

Social care, unlike healthcare, is not free to everyone. Councils only have a limited amount of money and they may choose to pay for only those people who are in most need of help. When you contact your council about getting a care service it will carry out a care assessment. Depending on where you live, if your needs are assessed as low or moderate you may not be entitled to free care. If your needs do match the level set by your council, it will carry out a financial assessment.

There are also a number of financial support options for people who devote more than 35 hours per week to caring for a relative or friend. There are a number of criteria you must meet to qualify for the carer’s benefit, including being over 16 and ensuring the person you are caring for qualifies for a disability benefit.

Self Directed Support is a new way of managing your own care needs.

It helps you take control of the care and support you need to live life as you choose which gives you a greater say over what help you need and how it is provided.

It can be managed directly by your or your family by taking a Direct Payment or through a care professional, like Premier Care through an Individual Service Fund.  

Direct Payments

If you are eligible to receive care and support through the Council, you will be entitled to a Direct Payment.  This is an amount of money which the Council would pay to you to spend on your support.  This means that you will have choice and control over who provides your support and what and how that support is provided.
You may not want the responsibility of managing the money, we can do so on your behalf through an Individual Service Fund.

Individual Service Fund

This gives you the flexibility to design you own care and support without the responsibility of managing it.  The monies will be paid direct to Premier Care.  You and your family will be able to track the services you receive, the payments we take and the balance of your allocated amount.  We will provide you with statements on a regular basis.


Whichever option you choose you can be confident that we will provide you with care and support tailored to meet your everyday needs.  We can also help find additional support services such as handyman, gardening, chiropody etc.  


Both of these options are available to you if you are eligible for funding through your local Council, whether you are currently receiving services or have just been assessed.
You have no need to worry if you are in receipt of benefits, as they won’t be affected as the amount allocated by the Council is not classed as income.
We offer a value for money service to those who are not eligible for funding or wish to pay privately.


For more information please contact your local branch and we will arrange for a no-obligation visit where our care co-ordinator will discuss your requirements.

You may be entitled to financial support.  You will need to contact your local Social Services Department and arrange for a social worker to carry out a needs assessment.  If eligible for funding, you will have the choice of either the Council arranging your support or having a Direct Payment.  More people are choosing a Direct Payment as if the Council arranges your support you may not be able to choose who will or what support will be provided.


Self directed support - getting a life, not a service

Self Directed Support is a new way of managing your own care needs.

It helps you take control of the care and support you need to live life as you choose which gives you a greater say over what help you need and how it is provided.

It can be managed directly by your or your family by taking a Direct Payment or through a care professional, like Premier Care through an Individual Service Fund.

Taking back CONTROL of your life

Direct payments

If you are eligible to receive care and support through the Council, you will be entitled to a Direct Payment.  This is an amount of money which is paid by the Council to the person for the person to spend on their support.  This means that you will have choice and control over who provides your support and what and how support you want provided.

If you do not want the responsibility of managing the money, we can do so on your behalf.  You and your family/friends will be able to track the services you receive, the payments we take and the balance of your allocated amount.  We will provide you with regular statements.

If you have been receiving support either directly or organised by your local Council, you may wish to look at the benefits of moving to a Direct Payment.

If more support than the Council can pay is needed, or if there is no entitlement to financial support then this will have to be paid for privately.

Individual service fund

This gives you the flexibility to design you own care and support without the responsibility of managing it.  The monies will be paid direct to Premier Care.  You and your family will be able to track the services you receive, the payments we take and the balance of your allocated amount.  We will provide you with statements on a regular basis.

Whichever option you choose you can be confident that we will provide you with care and support tailored to meet your everyday needs.  We can also help find additional support services such as handyman, gardening, chiropody etc.

Both of these options are available to you if you are eligible for funding through your local Council, whether you are currently receiving services or have just been assessed.

You have no need to worry if you are in receipt of benefits, as they won’t be affected as the amount allocated by the Council is not classed as income.

We offer a value for money service to those who are not eligible for funding or wish to pay privately.

For more information please contact your local branch and we will arrange for a no-obligation visit where our care co-ordinator will discuss your requirements.

If you are not eligible for funding, it is important you select a care provider than can address your wants, needs and choices.
Premier Care provides a personalised, outcome focussed, value for money service, which puts you at the centre of the individualised care and support plan.

One way to fund care privately is an equity release scheme. Many elderly people do not realise that they can use the equity in their property to fund care at home without having to sell. equityCare can offer impartial and independent advice on how equity release schemes work.