East Lothian Council

Adult Social Care charging policy

Charging for Non-Residential Care

A young man pushing an elderly man in a wheelchair

Charges are based on:

  • Ability to pay
  • Maximum charge
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Equity
  • Transparency
  • Compliance with national guidance
  • Discretion for exceptional circumstances

Services for which we may charge

  • Frozen meal service.
  • The cost of meals for older people attending lunch clubs.
  • Domiciliary care services: non-personal care and support in the person’s own home for all service users and personal care for people under 65 years of age.
  • Community alarm scheme.
  • Cost of meals for adults under 65 years attending Resource Centres.
  • Short breaks / respite services
  • Services provided by a Sheltered Housing warden.
  • Occupational therapy adaptations for people who own their own homes. (Home owners can get assistance to apply for grants which normally cover between 75% - 100% of the cost of adaptations)
  • Some people receiving Supporting People housing support.
  • Supported living services

Services that are free

  • Occupational therapy adaptations for people living in local authority properties where these are assessed as essential to meet the needs of the occupant. The Council, as landlord, may also carry out adaptations it regards as desirable, where these will make the property more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Laundry services for people over 65 years.
  • Some laundry services for people who are incontinent.
  • Housing Support Services where a client was in receipt of a housing support service prior to 1st April 2006 and was on housing benefit. This includes other services defined as ‘exempt’ e.g. hostels and women’s aid refuges.


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