A Guide to NHS Continuing Care

As a nation, we find a lot of things to complain about; the weather, ‘chav’ culture, unemployment….the list goes on. But one thing we should all be proud of and thankful for is our fantastic health care service.

The National Health Service or NHS, was created in 1948. It entitles each citizen to free, high quality healthcare, something that our cousins across the pond don’t have the privilege of.

Another great aspect of the NHS is the continuing care service. But what is it? And how are you eligible? Here’s a useful guide to this great service.

What is Continuing Care?

NHS Continuing Care is a service solely provided and funded by the National Health Service and was created to provide extra and continuous care to those who require it.

We have a premeditated idea that usually sounds like this equation:

Ill = go to hospital + feeling better = go home

This isn’t the case however as many patients need additional care when they leave a British hospital.

Where is the care available?

The setting of the care administered depends on the patient. It can be done in the comfort of their own home, hospital, clinic or care home. For those who require care in a nursing home, it will be covered by the fees they pay for residency i.e. will be of no additional charge.

Am I eligible?

To discover if someone is eligible for continuing care, they will have to undergo an assessment to determine their ‘primary heath needs’ and must have a condition that requires on-going care.

The assessment itself will be conducted by a NHS consultant who will fully interact with the patient throughout the process and their individual needs and wants will be taken into account.

The decision concerning eligibility will be announced within 28 days.

If you’re ineligible

If you or the person you care for is deemed ineligible for NHS continuing care this doesn’t mean that they will not be able to receive some level of care from the NHS.

For example, if someone lives alone, they may be able to receive care from both the NHS and social services. Also, if someone lives in a nursing home, the NHS may be able to contribute towards some of the residential fees. At the end of the day, you will have a better idea of what to do when the assessment has been carried out.

Bio: This article has been provided by Cheselden, the markets leading NHS continuing care review specialists. For more information, please visit cheselden.co.uk.

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