Unlike the NHS where health care services are free at the point of need, Adult Social Care services are means tested. To obtain state funding you must have eligible needs (based on national criteria) as assessed by an Adult Social Care worker; but also fall below the agreed national financial thresholds. For example, the amount of financial help you are entitled to is affected by your savings, investments, benefits and earnings.
The amount you contribute to your care services depends on your current financial situation and your care and support needs. You are entitled to receive a care and support assessment to determine your eligibility and a financial assessment to determine your financial situation and the contribution you are required to make towards your care.