What is Social Care

Published / Last Updated on 09/07/2019

What is Social Care?

The law makes a distinction between health care and social care. 

Social Care is everything that is not medical care.

For example, social care might be for:

  • Equipment for assistance with activities of daily living e.g. walking aids / zimmer frames, toilet boosters
  • Meals on wheels
  • Home help
  • Carers (non-medical)

If you have social needs, generally for activities of normal life such as eating, shopping, dressing, going to bed, cleaning, gardening, social care will not be be funded by the National Health Service.

Social care is the responsibility of the local authority or social services, whilst they may make some contribution towards social care based upon means testing and capital limits, these are normally required to be self funded.

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