If you have health needs, when you first go into a care home you should be assessed by the NHS for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.
Elderly people in care homes who have health needs because of accident, illness or disability should be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.
This should happen within the first three months of being in care – although ideally it should happen before you go into the care home, and certainly before you pay any care home fees.
NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is provided by the NHS and covers 100% of your care fees.
If you haven’t been assessed for this, you can ask for an assessment. If you have been assessed, and it resulted in NHS Continuing Healthcare being denied, you can appeal. Read more about NHS Continuing Healthcare and Registered Nursing Care Contribution.
In addition, if you’re paying for your own care and you were means-tested when you went into care, the value of any property you own should have been disregarded for the first 12 weeks of your care.
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