Are you entitled to claim a refund of Care Home Fees?
Time is running out - Claims must be made by 31st March 2013
The Department of Health have announced a final deadline
for anyone wishing to make an application for fully funded NHS Continuing Care
The deadline applies to anyone who has been a resident in a Care Home
or receiving care at home since 1st April 2011
who has a primary health care need and has not been assessed
by their Local Primary Care Trust to see if they are eligible to receive funding from the NHS.
The deadline provides that the last day for making an application for an assessment is 31st March 2013.
From 1st April 2013
the responsibility for NHS Continuing Care will transfer to the new Clinical Commissioning Groups
There was a previous deadline in respect of periods of care between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2011, but this expired on 30th September 2012 and applications for this period will now only be considered in exceptional circumstances
Many people in nursing homes are paying fees that should be met by the NHS
and may even have been forced to sell their home in order to pay for care.
If, however, you can show that the majority of your care is focused on addressing or preventing health needs
then you may be eligible to claim fully funded NHS Continuing Care.
NHS Continuing Care is free and not means tested
, so if you have been paying fees which should have been the responsibility of the NHS then you may be entitled to a refund.
With average care home fees amounting to £500 a week
it makes sense to find out if you qualify.
Claims can also be made by the personal representative of the estate
of someone who required care during their lifetime but has since died.
If you have already applied but have been refused funding then separate time limits may apply