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Paying dad's care costs
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There's a link here for the NHS continuing healthcare-
There's also this - and I do apologise as it says it's for people with learning disabilities as that really is a very insensitive title, apart from anything else, but it just seems to be easier for when you need to read information quickly -
Long version here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-continuing-healthcare-and-nhs-funded-nursing-care-public-information-leaflet
Your Dad sounds like the ideal candidate for Continuing Healthcare. You have nothing to lose by applying in the first instance.
Good luck, I'm sorry that this is such a worrying time for you all.
Also it took two years to get to independent review panel and they said he is case was not serious enough to go panel, so from my experience whole system sucks, and the objective of it all is to prevent anyone from receiving Chc.
fortunately he was looked after at home therefore the costs were not too bad and he had the care he would never have received in a care home
also close to death does not automatically qualify as the needs can still be stable, however it's all speculation as we do not know the condition of the father, apply for it by all means and fast track if very ill.
I was told by a Modern Matron who covers several hospitals in this area that “people only get it who are throwing their food up the walls and refusing to take medication”.
I can only speak from my own experience and that of a few people I have encouraged to apply and who have been successful. As I said earlier my Mum’s GP said he knew nothing about it but when I provided him with the info, forms etc he was happy to do so and it was all very straightforward. The NHS picked up the tab for all Mum’s care which was about £900 a week.
Don’t be put off by people who keep telling you that you won’t get it!
But they do still need to be realistic. We can all only share our own experiences. I have sat in a lot of CHC assessments and the full health funding is rare for most of the older people in care homes I have been involved with unless they are very physically ill, have serious challenging behaviour, or have complex needs of another sort.
People also need to be aware that it is reviewed annually and can later be withdrawn.