Get your care fees claim in quickly
The Department of Health has issued new deadlines for people in England wanting to claim back care home fees they believe were wrongly charged.
These new deadlines seem designed purely to make life easier for the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (part of the NHS reforms) – but certainly not to help elderly people or their families access the funding they’re entitled to in law.
If your elderly relative was paying care fees for full-time care between 2004 and 2011, the new deadline for retrospective claims for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is now 30th September 2012.
In more detail…
If your relative was receiving full-time care (at home or in a care home) and they needed care primarily for health reasons, they should have been assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare. This is NHS funding and it covers 100% of the costs of being in a care home or receiving full-time care at home.
You can claim retrospectively for a refund of those care fees if you believe they were wrongly charged. This applies whether or not your relative is still alive.
- For periods of care between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2011, the deadline for claims is now 30th September 2012.
- For periods of care between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012, the deadline for claims is 31st March 2013.