If you choose a care home above usual cost
Any extra costs, above usual cost, is referred to as either top-ups or additional payments.
Who pays top-ups
You must ask a relative, such as a son or daughter, or friend, to pay any costs above usual cost if you:
- choose a care home that charges more than your allowance
- decide on more expensive accommodation within a care home with usual cost accommodation
You can not pay the extra care home costs yourself unless:
- you are entering a deferred payment agreement and it has been agreed that you can add this additional cost to your agreement
- your services are provided under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
The reason that you can not pay yourself is that your savings would reduce faster and you would need us to contribute more towards your care sooner than necessary.
Please note: if we are unable to find you a suitable placement at a care home within usual cost and as a result we arrange to place you in more expensive accommodation out of necessity rather than preference, you will not be asked to pay the top-up costs.