Care home fees – Do you have to pay for long-term care?
The subject of care fees is never far from the headlines, and it can cause great confusion and distress for families.
The rules are really quite simple: The NHS pays for healthcare and the local authority (Social Services/local council) pays for what’s called ‘social’ care, e.g. help getting dressed and washed, etc.
However, it’s the subjective interpretation of these rules by various health and social care authorities that causes problems. And you could of course argue that the reason someone needs social care is because they have health needs – and it’s their health needs that prevent them looking after themselves!
There’s a lot of conflicting information – and misinformation – flying around. So, if you have an elderly relative needing full-time care, read this vital information about paying for care.