Free personal care

Since 1 July 2002, people aged 65 and over have been entitled to free personal care and nursing care is provided free to nursing home residents of all ages.

In 2002, the Scottish Government introduced a free personal care for the elderly policy.

Personal care covers things like bathing and hair washing, assistance with eating or with medication, and help with getting up and going to bed.

Social work reviewed services that we provided to home care, and residential and nursing home service users, to establish if any element of their individual care packages meet the criteria of personal care.

Free personal care reduces the amount that many local people pay for care services and we are keen that anyone who thinks that they may be eligible should contact us  for more information and an assessment of their care needs.

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