What Is NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding?
It is a funding package available from the NHS to cover the full costs of a person’s care requirements. That’s 100% of their care costs, including accommodation. With the average cost of care in a nursing home currently estimated at £550 a week, it’s one of the most valuable services provided by the NHS.
BUT it is only available to people who have what are assessed by the NHS to be primary healthcare needs.
In simple terms, that means those people whose healthcare needs are such, that in normal circumstances they would need to be cared for in hospital long term. But, because this level of healthcare can be provided outside of a hospital, by qualified nurses in a nursing home for example, or by qualified healthcare professionals in a person’s own home, then those people can be moved out of hospital, only because their healthcare needs can be met in these other care environments. On that basis, the NHS pays 100% of the care costs either to the nursing home, or for care at home, because otherwise the person would have to remain in hospital to be cared for.
You can also look to reclaim care costs that have already been paid.