Tackling consent: Keeping control if your relative lacks mental capacity

How often do care homes tell family members things along the following lines...? “Sorry, we can’t give your relative that …” “Without authority, we can only administer this…” “We will need formal authority first before…

Daily Telegraph: "NHS officials selling care grant advice"

On the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Monday, 30 December 2019, there was an article entitled, “NHS workers charge for advice on securing dementia care cash.” Undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph revealed that two senior…

Care To Be Different 2019 Year in Review

Care To Be Different remains the No.1 website for free information and resources relating to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. We strive to promote nationwide awareness of the availability of free NHS funding for long term care, and provide…

Has your relative been 'made' incontinent and developed a pressure sore?

A Full assessment of your relative’s care needs is completed by the Clinical Commissioning Group’s assessors using the Decision Support Tool (DST). The DST is a scoring ‘tool’ used at the MDT to build a picture of an individual’s…

Part 2 – Revealing Insights From A Continuing Healthcare Nurse Advocate…

This is the 2nd part of an article from Nurse Andrea (not her real name) giving examples of some NHS antics and flawed assessments. If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here: Part 1 – Revealing Insights From A Continuing Healthcare Nurse…

Part 1 – Revealing Insights From A Continuing Healthcare Nurse Advocate…

We, at Care to Be Different, felt we had to share with you some worrying and startling first-hand insights from Nurse ‘Andrea’ (not her real name), a nurse advocate with a wealth of experience in all aspects of CHC assessments and appeals.…

Has your relative been “optimised?” NHS invent more delays to avoid CHC Funding…

We have spoken to a number of people over the past month who have been refused assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC) because their relative is not “optimised”. This seems to be the latest NHS buzzword, as it is not mentioned…

Know your rights - Appealing the CCG’s refusal to grant CHC funding.

We recently came across a situation which we wanted to share with you as it is a warning to all those going through the CHC funding process. The matter concerns a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who are intending to launch an appeal to…

Heard of the ‘Grogan Gap’?

We were contacted by an Enquirer who attended a Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting (MDT) and was told that her mother scored 2 “severes” and 3 “highs” in her Decision Support Tool. But, although her needs were above the Local Authority…

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