Paying for Care Homes – NHS Funded
NHS Funded Continuing Healthcare
NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of continuing care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for people with ongoing healthcare needs.
Paying for care homes can be beyond the financial reach of some but assistance is available from the NHS. If you are eligible, you can receive NHS Continuing Healthcare in any setting. In a care home, as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation. NHS Continuing Healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities for which a charge may be made, depending on your income and savings.
To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health. For example, people who are eligible are likely to:
- have a complex medical condition that requires a lot of care and support
- need highly specialized nursing support
Someone nearing the end of their life is also likely to be eligible if they have a condition that is rapidly getting worse and may be terminal.
Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare does not depend on:
- a specific health condition, illness or diagnosis
- who provides the care, or
- where the care is provided
If you have a disability, or if you’ve been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
To decide if you’re eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, your care needs will be assessed by a health or social care professional. PrimeLife employ social care professionals that are able to carry out these assessments on behalf of individuals within our homes who might be eligible. If the assessment confirms that you’re eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, the NHS will pay for your care.