NHS Continuing Healthcare
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding - What Is It?
This is a complete package of ongoing care arranged and funded solely by the NHS for people outside hospital with ongoing health needs. Individuals who are eligible for NHS CHC receive the whole package (including social care) free, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be made depending on your income and savings.
Who might be eligible?
Anyone assessed as requiring a certain level of care need, can get NHS continuing health care. It is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care or where that care is provided. The circumstances can include: older people with chronic illness or disabilities, older people suffering from mental illness or dementia, people suffering from mental illness, physically disabled adults, children with chronic illness or disabilities, people with learning disabilities, people who are terminally ill. You can get continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or in a care home.
How much can it pay?
Continuing Healthcare funding is intended to cover the entire cost of care, as if the care was being provided in an NHS Hospital. It includes all medical care, nursing care, personal care, plus living and accommodation costs.
NHS Continuing Healthcare - For more information contact your local Primary Care Trust. Contact the NHS Direct on 0845 4647 and they will be able to give you the details of your local PCT.
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