If your elderly relative has been discharged from hospital following an injury or illness, but still has a “primary health need”, requiring further medical and nursing care, then they may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Dorset.
This funding is not just for those who have been recently discharged, but for anyone who might qualify for this particular funding stream from the NHS at home or in a care home.
Following a rigorous and complex assessment process, if successful, the NHS will pay for all the care costs. This can include: specialist nursing care, personal care, therapy, or even help towards nursing care home fees if applicable. NHS Continuing Healthcare is not means-tested.
Find more advice from Age Space and an overview of what is involved in the application process on our NHS Funded Care Page.
This page will give you all the information you need to apply to NHS continuing healthcare in Dorset.
How to apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Dorset
NHS Continuing Healthcare is provided by the Dorset Integrated Care Board. The person that would be receiving the funding must be registered with a GP within the ICB.
It is likely that your family will be advised about NHS Continuing Healthcare in the lead up to, or just after your relative is discharged from hospital. If this is not the case, then you should contact the responsible authorities using the details below. They will provide advice and information for getting started with NHS Continuing Healthcare in Dorset:
After getting in touch with them, they will help to get your elderly relative assessed. If eligible, they will start putting together a care and funding scheme to help support them.
For free advice on NHS Continuing Healthcare, Beacon can provide up to 90 minutes of support for anything to do with NHS funding from trained volunteers. Call 0345 548 0300 or visit the Beacon website to find out more.
Dorset Advocacy has a free CHC advocacy service that supports people in Dorset who want to get, or who already have, CHC funding. Visit their website for more details.
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