Paying for care - Relative Matters

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Choosing the right type of care for your relative or friend takes a considerable amount of time and effort to understand the differences and costs involved.

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For most people funding the cost of their care will represent the second largest purchase of their lifetime, second only to a mortgage. The benefits and other payments to which older people are entitled will help towards affording the fees of their chosen care home or home care package.

Local Authority Care Funding

A Local Authority can assess the care and support needs of someone living with an illness or disability and those caring for them against National criteria. You are entitled to an assessment even if you are likely to be paying the full cost of your care.

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Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a tax-free, non-means tested benefit administered by Disability and Carers Service for the Department of Works and Pensions for someone who has an illness/disability and care and/or supervision need.

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NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a package of care arranged and funded solely by NHS England for a person (aged 18 or over) with a ‘primary health need’ that has arisen because of disability, accident, or illness.

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