Should you be paying care fees for a spouse?

Should you be paying care fees for a spouse?

Elderly couple - Should you pay for your partner's care?Are you paying care fees for a spouse or for your partner?

No. 5 in our series of 27 quick tips on NHS Continuing Healthcare…

We recently watched a news report about a husband and wife, where the husband needed care. The wife assumed that paying care fees for a spouse was normal – because the is what she’d been asked to do, and no one had informed her otherwise.

She was not only distressed at her husband’s failing health and increasing care needs, but she was also very worried about how she would afford the ongoing care fees.

Nobody should be asked to pay for someone else’s care – and this also applies to paying care fees for a spouse.

If the person needing care does genuinely have to pay for their own care, then it is that person’s money and assets ONLY that should be taken into account – not their spouse’s or their partner’s money, or indeed any other family member’s money.

Read more here about paying for care when you have a partner.

It’s also vital to keep in mind that a person should only ever be means tested if they are genuinely not entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Read more here about NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Tip no. 4: When is the Continuing Healthcare Decision Support Tool completed?

Tip no. 6: 3 ways to reduce and challenge care fees

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