Residential care

If you need full-time care in a hospital, rest home or residential treatment programme, you may be able to get help to pay for some of the cost of your care.

Your situation

The information here is just a guide. What payment you qualify for will depend on your individual circumstances.

  • 65 and over, need to be in a rest home or private hospital indefinitely

    If you need to be in a rest home or private hospital indefinitely, a Residential Care Subsidy may be able to pay for some of your care. It will depend on your and your partner's assets and income.


    If you need to be in a rest home or private hospital indefinitely and want to keep your own home, a Residential Care Loan may be able to pay for some of your care.

  • Under 65, need to be in a rest home or private hospital



    You may be able to get a Community Costs Payment if you:

    • are getting a Residential Support Subsidy
    • need to be in a residential treatment programme for less than 39 weeks
    • still have costs such as rent and childcare to pay.
  • Getting a Residential Care Loan or Residential Support Subsidy

    If some of your care is being paid for by a Residential Care Loan or a Residential Support Subsidy, you may also be able to get a Disability Allowance to help cover costs such as medical fees, prescriptions, etc.

  • Partner in care

    If you're getting a benefit and your partner is in residential care, or has been in a public hospital for over 13 weeks, you may be able to get a Special Disability Allowance to help with the extra costs of your partner being in care.

  • Coming out of care

    If you've lived in a private hospital or residential home for 6 months or more, and are now setting yourself up independently in the community, you may be able to get a Re-establishment Grant.

  • More information

    Call us to talk about your situation

    • 0800 999 727 - if you need to be in a rest home or private hospital indefinitely.
    • 0800 999 779 - if you need care for rehabilitation, mental health, an intellectual disability or chronic health condition.