Local Authority Funding
Our Local Authority
Bluebells falls under the remit of Swindon Borough Council. Swindon originally came under the remit of Wiltshire County Council however became a unitary authority in the early nineties following government consultation. Swindon Borough Council currently has a two start rating following a report published by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). The service that is being provided by Swindon's adult social care team has been described as "good" with "promising" potential for further improvement. Swindon Borough Council was one of the first local authorities to make a joint appointment with the local Primary Care Trust (PCT). Swindon Borough Council have achieved a two star rating by the Care Quality Commission for the services that they provide to older people.
How can I get financial help?
If you are assessed by a social worker/care manager,as needing care in a residential or nursing home, you may be entitled to receive financial help from Swindon Borough Council if your savings are less than the capital limits. If you have more than this amount, you will be expected to fund your care yourself until your funds reduce to below the capital limit.
Can I choose a home if Adult Social Care contributes towards the costs
If you are assessed by a social worker/care manager as
needing residential or nursing care and we are able to meet
some of the costs, you may choose any registered home up
to our financial limit of support for your level of assessed
needs, as long as there are vacancies. The home may be
independently run or managed by Adult Social Care.
You can choose a registered home over our financial limit if
you have a third party (normally a relative), who agrees to top
up the difference between the financial limit and the actual
cost of the home. Your third party will have to be a signatory
on the contract between Swindon Borough Council, the home and yourself.
If you want to go into a particular home, even if it is in
another part of the country, or if you would like to know
more about the choices that are available, please discuss this
with a social worker/care manager.
Should I pay for nursing home care?
This depends upon whether you are assessed by the NHS
as requiring “continuing health care” or whether your
needs can be met predominantly by Adult Social Care. You
cannot be charged for “continuing health care”. Where
you are assessed as needing nursing home care but your
predominant need is for personal care, you will not be
charged for the nursing care received (funded nursing
care) but you will be expected to contribute towards your
What if I only need a short period of care in a residential or nursing home?
You may need a short stay in a residential or nursing home.
This may be for respite (a short break either for you or your
carer) or in an emergency.
A basic charge will be made for the first eight weeks of any
short stay and your social worker/care manager will let you
know how much this will be. If you stay for more than eight
weeks, you will then have to have a financial assessment so
that we can work out what your contribution should be.
What happens next?
Someone from the Swindon Borough Council Financial Assessment Team (FAB Team)
will contact you to arrange a convenient time and date, to
carry out a Financial Assessment and full benefit check.
This assessment will determine what your client contribution
will be towards your care.
At this meeting you will have to ensure you have details of
-State Benefits and Pension
-Work Related Pension
-Any other income
-Savings and Investments, including current accounts
All this will be used to work out what your contribution
towards your care will be. Once details have been taken, you will be notified in writing
of your client contribution.
If you have a property and are going into care, please have a look at our Property and Deferring Payments of Care Fees section here
Can I reduce my capital to reduce the contributions I make to my care?
No, you cannot reduce your capital to reduce your contributions. If you intentionally reduce your capital, for
example by buying a new car for your relatives, or giving them money or your house, we will take account of the value of
the assets in the financial assessment. If you cannot pay, but had reduced your capital in the six months prior to going into
care, the person who received the capital or asset will have to pay us.
What if my financial circumstances change?
To tell us about any changes, please contact the Finance Officer on 01793 465560.
Comments and Complaints
The person you have been in contact with in Adult Social
Care, or their manager, is often the best person to help you.
If we cannot sort the problem out at the local office, please
Health and Adult Social Care
North Swindon District Centre
Tel: 01793 463496 or 01793 708700
If you would like further information about the charges for
residential or nursing care, please contact:
Finance Officer – Residential Assessments
Adult Social Care
Tel: 01793 465560
Free phone: 0800 085 6666
Citizens Advice Bureau
Swindon and District CAB
1 Faringdon Road
Tel: 08450 505155
Care Quality Commission
St Nicholas Building
St Nicholas Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 03000 616161