HEALTHCARE FUNDING EXPLAINED
Healthcare is free at the point of delivery, whether it is received in a NHS hospital or in another setting, like a hospice or in your own home. If you have decided that you wish to have live-in care you may be entitled for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. This is funding available from your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). A healthcare need is identified as ‘the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness, injury or disability and the after care of a person living with these conditions.’
If you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, have a disability or a long-term illness the CCG will assess your health needs. If they consider your need to be a ‘primary health need’ and one that requires clinical support or interventions, then you will be entitled to some healthcare funding.
How much funding you may be entitled to depends on the location of your CCG, not just your healthcare needs. Frustratingly, for many families attempting to access healthcare funding for a loved one, the location of their CCG depends on the availability of funding. CCG funding is non-means tested so your financial situation is not considered in the process.
At Oxford Aunts we work with ‘Care to be Different’. Care to be Different was founded by Angela Sherman, who herself struggled to secure NHS Continuing Healthcare funding for her parents. Having successfully secured the funding her parents needed, Angela now helps other families go through the process providing advice and support to get the funding they need.