The Scottish Parliament introduced legislation which means that people aged 65 and over, subject to an assessment of needs, are entitled to free personal care in their own home.
Personal care has been defined, for this purpose, to include such tasks as:
- personal hygiene (bathing etc)
- continence management
- problems of immobility
- preparation of certain meals and assistance with eating
- simple treatments and personal assistance (getting in and out of bed etc
For more information on free personal care please see the leaflet 'Free Personal Care' available from Social Work offices.
You may be required to contribute towards the cost of the services you receive. This explains how the charges might affect you.
Your assessment for services is founded on the principle that the level of weekly services you receive should be based on your need and not on your ability to pay.
All non-residential services will, subject to an assessment of needs, be provided free to:
Social Work and Housing Support Services
- Service users under the age of 18
- Service users Palliative Care
- Individuals (under 60 years old) whose assessed weekly income is £113 or less
- Individuals (60 years and over) whose assessed weekly income is £161 or less
Social Work Services only
- Individuals aged 65 and over receiving personal care in their own home (personal care element only)
- Individuals aged 65 and over receiving care in their own home following a one-off hospital discharge (i.e. not part of a regular series of hospital admissions/discharges). Up to 4 weeks only
- All clients receiving personal care at home to avoid hospital admission (first 2 weeks only)
Housing Support Services only
- Housing support services, including sheltered housing and housing support services, will be provided free to service users in receipt of certain services, including designated short term services, as per the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 and Scottish Government guidance.