You have finally done it and officially registered as an attorney or deputy for a loved one. But now what do you do? Where do you get the nursing or social care they need? And who pays for it?
Here are the top three things to consider when trying to find the right support for your loved ones.
Approach Adult Social Care for a Care Act assessment
The first step is to request an assessment under the Care Act 2014. Adult Social Services have a duty to visit the person you are supporting regardless of their level of need or financial means.
By having an assessment, the document can outline important information regarding the person’s care needs and how to meet these needs at home or in a residential care setting.
Request a Financial Assessment from Adult Social Care
This should be done after the Care Act assessment.
This assessment by the local authority will determine whether the person can be fully funded by adult social care, if they need to contribute or if they are above the threshold and considered a self-funder.
Request for NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) funding
This leads on from step one and two as it will become clear whether your loved one requires nursing care and is subsequently eligible for NHS funding. The guidance describes this as “a need is one related to the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness, injury or disability”.
If eligible, NHS CHC covers the cost of an individual’s care completely. In some cases, a joint funding agreement between the local authority and NHS is also formulated.
How we can help?
If you are facing difficulties in accessing the necessary support as an attorney or deputy, Churchers Solicitors are there to guide you through the process or approach the appropriate services and challenge the decisions you think may be wrong.