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Carers UK Forum • Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes
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Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:59 pm
by amy green
My mother is currently on attendance allowance. Recently she contracted pneumonia and had to go to hospital. She is now recovering in the rehab unit of a nursing home (sent there by the hospital).

I am told that nursing homes may take into consideration AA - is this so? How does AA work with nursing homes i.e. could it be lost or how is it assessed/transferred for use there?

I would welcome anyone's experience of this situation or having heard of someone's else's similar situation.

Re: Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:46 pm
by susieq
Attendance Allowance is generally paid for up to 4 weeks if you have to go into hospital or a rehab/nursing/care home

from the .GOV website (https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/what-youll-get)

[quote]Changes of circumstances

It’s your responsibility to tell the helpline if your circumstances change, as this can affect how much you get. For example, you or the person you claim for needs more help, goes into hospital or moves abroad.

When my Mum moved into a Care Home she was allowed to keep her AA and all her pension as she was self-funding; if she had been funded by the state then I believe her AA would have been stopped.

Usually your Attendance Allowance won’t be affected if you go]

When my Mum moved into a care home she was allowed to keep all of her AA and State Pension as she was self-funding; if she had been funded by the state she would have lost her AA.

Re: Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:00 pm
by amy green
Thanks susie...that's most helpful! Image

Re: Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:12 pm
by bowlingbun
This is quite a complicated issue. As I understand it (and this is really a pointer for you to find out more) if you are SELF funding in the nursing home, i.e. neither the NHS or SSD are making a contribution, then mum is entitled to AA. However, if the NHS and SSD are making a contribution, then she is not entitled to AA. However, it's not up to the nursing home to decide what is or is not "taken into consideration". Before any charges at all are made by SSD, mum should have had a formal financial assessment, looking at her entire financial situation. If the placement is being funded by the NHS, then no charges at all should be made. So I'd start by asking the hospital for a copy of any formal arrangements they made with the nursing home. Generally speaking if you were not involved in the arrangements it's unreasonable to expect you to pay anything. How long is mum going to be at the nursing home? If she stays longer, who is going to pay then?

Re: Attendance Allowance and Nursing Homes

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:23 am
by amy green
Thanks for clarifying this complex situation bowlingbun. Appreciated. Image