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Monday, September 25, 2017

 

What is the issue?


The Welsh Government has announced that 31st October 2017 is the deadline for registering claims for wrongly paid care home fees during the period of 31st October 2015 to 31st October 2016.

If you, a relative or friend, paid for care received in Wales between 31st October 2015 to 31st October 2016 you may be entitled to claim a full or partial reimbursement through NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). This applies if the patient remains in a care home, has been in a care home and has since moved out, or whether the patient has passed away.

 

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?


NHS CHC is a care package arranged by the NHS which can be received by a patient either in a nursing home, care home, hospital or in their family home. If a patient is considered to be eligible for NHS CHC, the NHS will fully fund that patient's care and the patient will not be required to pay for any part of their care.

 

When is a patient eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare?

A patient should be eligible for NHS CHC if his/her primary need is for health and not social care. The health needs of the patient are therefore not able to be met by a social services department. If you are unsure as to whether you, your relative or friend is/was eligible for NHS CHC, if you decide to instruct us in relation to a potential claim for NHS CHC, following review of the appropriate evidence we will provide you with our detailed advice regarding the merit of successfully reclaiming care home fees paid.

 

Am I eligible to reclaim care home fees paid?


If you, a relative or friend paid care home fees between 31st October 2015 to 31st October 2016 you may be entitled to claim a full or partial reimbursement. In order to proceed to make a claim, you must register your interest by 31st October 2017.

What if a patient has already been assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare?


All patients receiving care should be assessed for NHS CHC on admission to a care home and also on an annual basis. If a patient was previously assessed for NHS CHC but found not eligible, you may be able to request a review of this decision.

Why do I need to act now?


The claim must be registered with your local health board by 31st October 2017 or your right to make a claim will be lost and you will not be able to reclaim any care fees paid between 31st October 2015 to 31st October 2016.

What to do next?


If you would like us to make investigations into a potential claim on your behalf, please click on this link and complete our online questionnaire. Alternatively, please contact our offices on 01633 241160 and we can send a questionnaire to you in the post.

 

Due to the imminent deadline of 31st October 2017 we will register your request for a review with the appropriate local health board in order to safeguard your claim. Following registration of your claim we will carry out a free initial assessment in order to establish whether there is merit to proceed with your claim to the next stage.

Please act now in order to safeguard your potential claim for NHS Continuing Healthcare prior to the deadline of 31st October 2017.


Please note that if, following registration of your claim, you decide that you do not wish to proceed, your claim will be disregarded.

 

 

 

 

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