If your relative receives care and support funded by their Local Authority (Social Services) they may have to contribute towards the cost of this care
The amount they contribute is calculated during a financial assessment. As part of the financial assessment the Local Authority (LA) is required to consider Disability Related Expenditure (DRE). Disability Related Expenditure is the extra costs that arise as a result of disability.
For example, if your relative needs several changes of clothing each day, there are additional costs for laundry, wear and tear on the washing machine and tumble dryer, electricity costs etc. The LA must take all of these costs into account when deciding how much you pay towards your care costs. In practical terms this means that these costs will be deducted from the total amount your relative is required to pay.