More than one million leaflets are being sent out by the Local Government Association to help elderly people and their relatives get the best and most affordable care.
The LGA has worked with 16 other public and voluntary organisations to provide a 10-point guide which is being sent out to councils, GP surgeries, Citizens Advice centres and charities.
It is intended to ensure how people looking for care can get the best deal and advice on all aspects of everyday living.
The material is aimed at making the money of older people and their relatives stretch further to provide the best care possible at the best price.
Councillor David Rogers, LGA spokesperson on social care, said the social care system was in need of long-term reform and there had to be a "radical rethink" about care of an ageing population was paid for.
"Getting care for an elderly relative or loved one can be a tortuous and arduous wade through huge amounts of red tape and bureaucracy," Cllr Rogers said.
"The new guide is aimed at helping people both understand the system and also find the professionals who can point them in the right direction to get the most affordable and best care.
"The myriad of benefits, form-filling and means testing can seem like a bureaucratic merry-go-round and leave many feeling that they are fighting the system."
The document has also been awarded the Crystal Mark by the Plain English Campaign to make sure that it can be understood by as many people as possible.