Care Home Fees - What the law states
The Delayed Discharge (Continuing Care) Directions 2007 specifically cover the duty to assess if you are entitled for NHS continuing healthcare.
Eligibility should be based upon 'health' and not 'social' factors, however in many of the testimonies shown below, severe debilitating illnesses such as dementia and alzheimers had been incorrectly categorized simply as illnesses requiring social care and therefore not eligible for NHS funding which is completely untrue.
You meet the criteria for continuing NHS healthcare and therefore full NHS funding if:
- you have a rapidly deteriorating condition, which may be entering a terminal phase
- you are discharged from hospital, particularly if it seems a permanent place in a care home may be necessary
- your care needs are being formally reviewed on a regular, usually annual, basis
- your physical or mental health deteriorates significantly and your current care package seems inadequate.
Getting Continuing Care is extremely difficult and the government has deliberately set the barriers far too high. However, if you believe you or someone you know may qualify, do not be put off trying to make a claim.