How to get through an NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment... how to prepare, what to do - and what not to do. Learn what happens in practice - not just in theory - so you can fight back against NHS and local authority tactics. "This guide is a model of clarity compared to the ‘official’ publications, and a great blueprint to help in a potential battle for funding." Michael Duncan
- Already paying care fees but not assessed for NHS funding?
- Been told to pay for care because you have savings or a house?
- Waiting for a Continuing Healthcare assessment - but not sure what to do or how to get through it?
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding covers 100% of care fees for people who need full time care primarily for health reasons. However, most families are not told about this funding. There have also been thousands of complaints about the way the NHS illegal denies access to this funding.
Updated in December 2015, this guide covers the Continuing Healthcare system in England. It’s easy to follow and covers not only the nuts and bolts of NHS funding, but also how care funding works in practice and what you need to do – right now. It helps you prepare for assessments, feel more confident and argue your case.
It’s written by Angela Sherman, who pursued Continuing Healthcare funding on behalf of her parents – and succeeded after going right through the appeals process.
Using her coal-face experience plus many years’ research, she has since helped many other families do the same. With this guide she helps you step by step, giving you tips, advice and insights about Continuing Healthcare at every stage.
“I cannot thank you enough. I downloaded the e-guide and made a note of all the wording I should include on the assessment document. I heard today that my aunt has been awarded NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, and I am delighted.” Ann Friston
With this guide you’ll learn:
- Why the NHS may have a legal duty to pay for your relative’s care
- What to do – and not do – when your relative needs full-time care
- How Continuing Healthcare works – and how to get an assessment
- How to check if your relative has already been assessed for Continuing Healthcare?
- Why paying for care does not depend on your savings/property
- Why the questions you’re asked about money could be illegal
- Whether you really have to sell your home to pay for care
- When and where you can receive Continuing Healthcare
- How hidden agendas in health and social care influence funding decisions
- Why your role is vital in an assessment
- How the assessment is ‘scored’ – and pitfalls to look out for
- The crucial difference between health needs and social care needs – and why it matters
- The Coughlan and Grogan cases – how they clarify the law about NHS funding
- How Continuing Healthcare assessors ignore the law
- The 10 biggest myths about care fees
- Vital tips about care fees if:
- your relative is in hospital and needs full time care
- your relative is at home and needs full time care
- Social Services start talking about care fees
- you know NHS funding is available – but you don’t know what
- you start looking for a care home
- your relative is already paying care fees
- How to prepare for an assessment – to give yourself the best chance
- What to do and say before, during and after an assessment
- Vital facts and information you’ll need to gather
- How the assessment ‘tools’ work: Fast Track, Checklist and Decision Support Tool
- Where the National Framework and the ‘primary health need’ fit in all this
- Why keeping a detailed diary will save you hours of work
- Who should be involved in an assessment – and what information is included
- What to expect at the actual assessment meeting – what’s right and what’s not
- Underhand assessor tactics – and how to fight your corner
- Why the local authority should play a leading role
- Why you can’t always count on support from a care home
- How to know when assessors are telling untruths
- Powerful tips on increasing your ‘score’ in an assessment
- How to respond when you’re given false information
- How Funded Nursing Care (FNC) fits in all this
- What to do first if you need to appeal a Continuing Healthcare decision
- What to do if your relative runs out of money
…plus, lots more.
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