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In the news: Care homes & the social care funding crisis

We comment on the latest care home crisis article in the Daily Mail

Care homes and the social care funding crisis is once again in the news with the revelation in the Daily Mail that councils are telling private care homes to increase the fees of self-funders to subsidise the cost of council-funded residents. This practise has rightly been condemned in the Houses of Parliament but unfortunately reflects the picture a number of our clients paint when asking us to investigate if they are eligible for funded care.

If you are currently paying, or have previously paid for care, you could be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding to cover future care costs or to recover care costs which have already been paid. NHS continuing healthcare is free healthcare provided by the NHS to individuals who have significant and ongoing healthcare needs. This package of care can be received in any setting outside of hospital including care homes, hospices or even within your own home. An individual’s health needs, not their location, is the key factor to receiving funding.

In order to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, it must be established that your need for care is primarily health related. Additionally, this need must be assessed as complex, substantial and ongoing.

It doesn’t matter what your income is or what savings you have, if you meet the criteria, you are entitled to free NHS CHC funding. Remember, NHS continuing healthcare funding is not means tested and it can cover up to 100% of care costs.

If you have significant ongoing health needs we, at Compass CHC, can help you obtain NHS continuing healthcare funding. Complete our free, confidential assessment today and an expert member of our team will contact you for a no obligation discussion to outline your options.

Author: Tim Davies LLB

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