Funding In Care

How your care is likely to be funded is an important consideration for the future. When a loved one is receiving care services, whether in their own home or in a residential, nursing or care home setting, it is important to ensure that their care fees are being calculated correctly and to make sure that they are receiving the appropriate income and benefits to make the most of their money. You should never take for granted that a care funding calculation or care contract presented to you is both accurate and appropriate to the person receiving the care services.

Care Funding

Funding in care is met in a number of different ways depending on the circumstances of your care arrangements, your health needs and the extent of your accessible estate as a starting point.

The starting point for care is that this is to be self-funded for those who have over a certain level of assets, after which time the care becomes largely funded or “topped-up” by the Local Authority. That said, there are complex rules surrounding assets and income to be taken into account for the purposes of determining whether a person is self-funding.

Many people are unaware that, regardless of their assets, they may be entitled to free care funding if they meet certain criteria for NHS Continuing Healthcare, or that aftercare funding is free under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (“MHA 1983”) for those who have been sectioned previously under any of sections 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the MHA 1983.

We aim to guide you through the complexities of funding in care with clear direction and easy to understand advice. We can also support people to challenge and appeal incorrect assessments and decisions in relation to funding in care.

Here at Tollers, our specialists are able to offer you advice and assistance in respect of:

  • NHS Care Home Funding / Continuing Healthcare Checklists and Decision Support Tools.
  • Local Authority Assessments for Care Funding.
  • Care Advice.
  • Care Home Contracts.
  • Self-funding and third party top ups.
  • Property issues and disregards.
  • Deliberate Deprivation of assets.
  • Deferred Payment Arrangements.
  • Residential Care issues and Care home complaints.
  • Benefits.
  • 117 Aftercare Services.
  • The Care Act 2014.

Talk to Tollers

For specific advice in any of these areas, Talk to Tollers, our approachable team of specialists are happy to help. Call us on 01604 258558 or complete the form below.

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Our Funding In Care Experts

Tonina Ashby
Partner & Head of Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit
Tonina specialises in Court of Protection and Elderly Client affairs...
Sharon Brown
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates South
Sharon offers free monthly advice clinics at Age Concern Stevenage and Garden House Hospice...
Leigh Chia
Paralegal
Leigh is a paralegal and supports the EVCU with clients who require care by assisting to create Lasting Powers of Attorney, ensuring that their funding has been correctly assessed...
Emma Wesley
EVCU Manager
Emma has been a member of our specialist Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit (“EVCU”) since it was set up in early 2013...
Tonina Ashby
Partner & Head of Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit
Sharon Brown
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates South
Leigh Chia
Paralegal
Emma Wesley
EVCU Manager
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