Whether you need care at home or a move to a residential care home, the first step is to contact your local council's social care department for an assessment of your care needs, which may include a financial assessment.
Under this system of self-directed support - and depending on your eligibility - the council may be able to offer some services free, like personal and nursing care. It can advise on other services - including equipment and adaptations - which may you may have to pay for. Most people have to pay at least something towards care services.
You can get advice on all these issues from Care Information Scotland on 0800 011 3200, 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm.
The information was last updated on: 25th June 2015