Here are a few questions which we are often asked in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding.
Our CCG says my mother does not qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare, how do I find out if they are correct?
It’s easy, if you contact Care Home Funding Advocates, we will provide a free initial assessment to determine whether you have a reasonable case for funding.
How long does a claim take?
There is no definitive answer to this as every case has many different variables. If you go to the About Us and Our Services pages this is made clear. Our unique process enables us to move things along in a timely manner. Making things less stressful, more cost effective. An all-round better solution.
What can I expect to recover or save from my claim?
As with most aspects of this field there is no one simple answer. If you look at the average stay in a care home and the average fees being paid, then the amount that could be reclaimable could be over £80,000. It is important to remember that these amounts will vary considerably dependent on the geographical location.
As of May 2018 the average cost of a care home in England stands at £876.00 per week.
On successfully claiming back previously paid fees, interest is also applicable.
If I appoint you, what will it cost me?
We will give you a clinical opinion as to whether we think the individual is eligible for Continuing Healthcare, based on the information you provide to us.
Only where we think eligibility can be evidence, will take on a case.
There is no charge for this initial opinion.
Should we decide to take on a case, we may ask for an initial deposit up front.
In the case of a positive outcome, we charge a fee. Please contact us to discuss this fee.
Any initial deposit taken is deducted from the any final invoices should we reach a successful outcome.
I am just beginning to realise I have been wrongly denied funding for NHS Continuing Healthcare in the last assessment. How can I put this right?
The first thing to do is contact Care Home Funding Advocates to enable us to determine if you have a viable case. If we feel you have, we will pursue the case with all vigour on your behalf, advocating the case and supporting the family at every stage.
I want to make a claim on behalf of a relative, how do I go about this?
To act on behalf of another person, you need to be able to demonstrate you have the legal authority to do so.
This may be in the form of Power of Attorney, or an appointment of Deputy by the Court of Protection.
You will need to have been appointed as their attorney whilst they still had the mental capacity.
If they had lost the mental capacity then you must apply to the Court of Protection to be made their Deputy.
In the first instance you should contact Care Home Funding Advocates to ascertain if you have a viable case for funding.
If your relative had or has a viable case and you do not have the relevant authorisation to act, then we can advise on the steps you need to take to obtain it.
I want to make a claim on behalf of someone who has passed away, what do I need to do?
You need to be responsible for managing that person’s estate, either in the form of Executor of the Will and hold the ‘Grant of Probate’ or ‘Letter of Administration’ documents to appoint us to begin any claims process. Before this can happen we will still have to establish if you have a viable case. The first step is to contact Care Home Funding Advocates
I have already started a claim against the CCG but feel I need expert help can you still act for me?
Depending on whether we believe you have a viable case for funding then the answer is yes. However as we have stated, every case is different and it may depend on what stage you have reached in the process. The first step is to contact Care Home Funding Advocates and find out.
Is there a time limit on claims for retrospective funding?
The Department of Health set deadlines for retrospective claims and newly denied claims. These are dealt with in detail in our Deadlines page..
If you believe that I do not have a viable case for funding, what other options do I have to ease the financial burden?
The first thing we will outline is what you should do if there is a significant change in the individuals medical conditions. This could lead to a future successful claim.
I have never been informed about NHS Continuing Healthcare, funding availability and my rights to be assessed for this. Should I have been informed and who was responsible for doing so?
In the first instance, if the Local Authority (LA) believes someone requires community care services as defined in section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 they must arrange an assessment. As a result of this assessment if they believe that some of the individual’s healthcare needs can only be legally catered for under the National Health Service Act 2006 a further assessment should be arranged in conjunction with the responsible Primary Care Trust (PCT) now known as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) to assess their extent.
The extent of these healthcare needs should be assessed under the guidelines of the National Framework for Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care. The National Framework also states that; ‘assessments, and the consideration of eligibility for, and delivery of, NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care should be organised so that the person who is undergoing an assessment and their family and/or carers understand the process, and receive advice and information to enable them to participate in informed decisions about their future care’. The NHS should have kept you informed.
How does your service differ to other companies and solicitors who offer help in this field?
We believe we offer a unique service which involves meeting the patient and family in situ and compiling a powerful case to support eligibility.
As Continuing Healthcare Funding is NOT a legal process, Solicitors are not needed.
Interestingly, many Solicitors use us (privately) for the purpose of putting together Clinical opinions for their cases.