Paying for care in your own home Many people can live safely and independently in their own home with the right care, help and support. However, most people will have to pay something towards the cost of any care, help and support. Social care needs assessment We have a duty to carry out an assessment of anyone, over the age of 18, who appears to require care and support, regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care. Paying for social care We carry out a financial assessment to decide how much you may pay towards social care services. Paying for residential or nursing home care If you are thinking about moving into a care home, talk it through with us first. We may be able to help you make a decision.