Information on Home Care services has been collected by the Scottish Executive since the 1980's by means of an annual census. The census covers all home care services provided or purchased by Scottish Local Authorities. An aggregated table return for the home care statistical collection was introduced in 1998, called the H1. Local authorities were asked to provide details of all home care services provided by their own staff, and in addition, services bought in from other local authorities, and private / voluntary organisations. Information on client age, for level and type of service was introduced to the collection in 2005.
A revised Social Care statistical collection was introduced in 2013, which incorporated the previously separate Self-Directed Support/Direct Payments survey into the Home Care census. Information was collected on an individual basis for each Home Care client receiving home help services, meals services and community alarm / telecare services, as well as for clients receiving Direct Payments. Further information is available from http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/SocialCareSurvey
Data is usually collected with respect to the last week in March.