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NHS Continuing Healthcare is a complex area. Solicitor Charlotte Mitchell specialises in helping families recover care home fees where funding has been wrongly refused. In this article she examines the principles relating to funding in Somerset.   What is NHS Continuing Healthcare? Continuing healthcare (sometimes referred to simply as CHC) is care provided and funded by NHS to people with complex ongoing healthcare needs who are not being looked after in hospital. CHC is usually delivered in a care home setting, but can also...

Care home fee recovery solicitor, Charlotte Mitchell, reports on a successful Continuing Healthcare Funding appeal Our care home fee recovery team have successfully obtained a reimbursement of over £12,000 in wrongly paid care home fees on behalf of a patient who was incorrectly refused NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC). The patient (who we cannot name for confidentiality reasons) had dementia and sadly passed away whilst the CHC application was on-going. Initially Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group refused to grant CHC, despite a positive assessment. The...

Here is your 10 point guide to NHS funding of care home fees. There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty about care home fees and the way NHS Continuing Healthcare funding works. Matters are made worse by the fact that NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments are frequently carried out incorrectly. This leads to people being wrongly charged for care, some losing their entire life savings as a result. Families going through the NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment process or the appeals...

Have you got a relative who is going into a care home? If so, they may be entitled to free care home funding. Our lawyers often hear people say ‘the care home funding system is so unfair.’ We empathise with them. Not only does the system feel unfair, it is also complex and confusing at a time when what is most required is transparency and support. If you have a loved one who is going into a care home or who...

Reclaiming care home costs can be done on a DIY basis, so strictly speaking there is no need to use the services of a specialist firm of solicitors like ourselves or indeed a claims handler. However, the process of recovering care home costs can be a complex one. It’s not as simple as claiming PPI for instance. The down-side to using a specialist solicitor is the legal fees that will be incurred, but we would hope the outcome will justify the...

Our care home fees lawyers answer some frequently asked questions Can I Claim the Costs of my Care? If you have long term care needs, whether you are living in your own home or in a residential care home, you often require a mix of services provided by the local authority Social Services department and/or the National Health Service. NHS continuing health care is a package of care that can be arranged and funded by the NHS to meet physical or mental health...

A review of the Coughlin Test and its Implications for People with Healthcare Needs NHS Healthcare provision in the UK is, by law, free and financed out of general taxation. Nevertheless thousands of people in care homes have had their homes and their savings used up to pay for their care. This seems very unfair since in most cases they were only in the care home in the first place because of their medical needs. The judgment in Pamela Coughlan’s landmark Court of...

Under the NHS Continuing Health Funding Scheme the Primary Care Trust (PCT) will pick up the cost of a qualifying resident’s healthcare costs, regardless of his or her financial circumstances. The costs that can be recovered include not just healthcare but also personal care, accommodation and board in a nursing home. The key to accessing this free healthcare is a multi disciplinary assessment, which produces a “decision support tool” (DST). This DST forms the basis of the evidence which goes before...

Solicitor, John Hasson explains how thousands of people may be entitled to recover care home fees. If you or a relative are in long term nursing or residential care you may be paying more for that care than you need to. Our specialist solicitors can assess if this is the case and assist in reclaiming any overpaid fees - even where the person receiving the care has since passed away. It is essential that healthcare needs are accurately assessed as this will affect...