Care Home / CHC Funding : Deliberate Errors ?

Discuss news stories and political issues that affect carers.
Several reports in the daily press in the last 2 days on care home funding / difficulty in receiving CHC.

This one from the Independent is one of the better ones :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 61866.html

Tens of thousands of care home residents wrongly charged up to £100 a week in 'stealth tax' to plug funding gaps

More than 48,000 pensioners entitled to free care are being ‘unfairly exploited’ as they are charged fees to subsidise gaps in care home funding


24 comments towards the bottom as I type ... some will be quite " Tasty " as the day ages.

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Today's Daily Telegraph along similiar lines :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07 ... ded-state/

One in four pensioners whose care home place is supposed to be funded by state forced to pay top-up fees, report finds


Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's charity director said: "Families are finding themselves in horrible situations, such as knowing that unless they pay up their older relative will have to live in a care home that is so far away they will be cut off from everyone they know.

"In some cases families are being asked to pay a lot more than they can afford and in others we have heard of families under pressure not to dispute an unfair request for a 'top up', when their loved one is in hospital and ready to leave, because otherwise it would take even longer for them to be discharged."

The charity is also urging families to understand their legal rights, with many unaware that they may be able to challenge a care home for a top up that is unfairly charged.


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Melanie Henwood ( LSE ) ... a personnel blog on CHC / means tested social care :

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolic ... -baffling/

The boundary between health and social care continues to be a major issue, and is especially stark around long-term care and NHS continuing healthcare. Melanie Henwood explores the issues raised by a new report from the National Audit Office and highlights the major anomalies around fully funded care for some people, and means tested social care for others.


Worth a few minutes of any reader's time for background on today's continuing problems.

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In isolation , CHC .... maladministration being the theme :

http://caretobedifferent.co.uk/17-untru ... ng-part-1/

17 untruths families are repeatedly told about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding

Families report all sorts of maladministration in the NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment process. Many are also told a lot of nonsense about the way the assessments and the funding works.


I will assume quite a few readers will be interested in these observations ?
Oh boy, Chris, I think you know this one's my specialty. I have already got my teeth into this.They are starting to sweat now.
https://50shadesofcaregiver.wordpress.c ... nual-2017/
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling
The boundary between health and social care continues to be a major issue, and is especially stark around long-term care and NHS continuing healthcare. Melanie Henwood explores the issues raised by a new report from the National Audit Office and highlights the major anomalies around fully funded care for some people, and means tested social care for others.
read in full here
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolic ... ign=buffer