Welcome to Farley Dwek Solicitors
The Care Funding Specialists
Farley Dwek Solicitors are a specialist provider of legal services in relation to issues arising around care home and nursing home funding in the UK.
If you, or a relative, or a friend, are already in care or about to go into care, you should have your eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding assessed first. This includes where you are paying for care in the home.
If you have “primary health needs” the NHS should pay for 100% of your care home fees.
Gloria Hunniford is supporting our campaign to raise awareness of NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding.
Gloria says “Farley Dwek is the only law firm to offer such a comprehensive service when it comes to helping you and your family through the NHS Continuing Care Funding process – and I’m delighted to support the firm in its campaign to raise awareness”.
For more information about Gloria’s support for the issue have a look at her interviews with Andrew Farley.
The provision of NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is a real issue. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s recently produced a report “Failing to Care”, which was highly critical of the NHS’s approach to Funding.
“The process is intimidating, humiliating, unfriendly, exhausting, degrading, aggressive, frustrating and also it is adversarial. These are terms that I have written down that patients, relatives and even CHC assessors have used themselves.”
Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist
And by the Health Service Ombudsman’s statement:
“Only a minority of people are successful in claiming NHS funding for their continuing care needs … it is clear that most people’s care needs are not being met by NHS continuing care funding.”
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
If you are not eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding, then you should take advice about how you can protect your assets in the future.
You should also take advice about the other options available to help you plan for the costs of long term care.
Dealing with relatives in care can be stressful and as well as funding there are other legal issues you will need to deal with. These include making sure that you have the legal authority to deal with relatives affairs by setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney.
People often miss out on Funding in many circumstances, including:
- People who are discharged from hospital straight into a care home.
- People whose eligibility has been assessed and rejected, whose condition subsequently worsened.
- People who received NHS Nursing Care – which pays for the nursing, but not accommodation – who never had an assessment for the benefit that would also have paid for their accommodation.
- More affluent patients who assumed no help would be available. NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is NOT means-tested so if you qualify for health reasons, you get it.
- People who are being cared for in their own home – NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding does cover the cost of care in the home, not just Care Home costs.
- And of course, the many people who were simply NOT told about the availability of NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding, or were told that they wouldn’t be eligible without an assessment taking place.
If you are currently paying for Care or have paid for Care in the past, Farley Dwek can help you in a number of ways.
Our Advisory Service is designed to help those families whose relatives are currently paying for care.
If we think that you may be eligible for funding, our experienced team of solicitors and nurses will act as your advocates, representing you through the Checklist, Full Assessment and Appeals process if necessary, to secure your funding.
We can do this either on a No Win No Fee basis or on a fixed fee basis.
If you have already arranged for a Full Assessment to take place – don’t worry – we can still help.
We can also help if you would like to Appeal and Assessment.
To find out more about our Advisory Service, speak to one our friendly solicitors now for a FREE INITIAL ASSESSMENT.
If you have already paid for your nursing care costs, you could be entitled to refund of those costs if you should have qualified for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding, whilst you were in care.
We offer a Retrospective Care Costs Claims service to recover these unfairly paid care home and nursing home fees..
Often we act for families of relatives who have previously paid for their care and can reclaim costs even after a relative has passed away.
To find out whether you might be entitled to recover your care home fees, speak to one of our friendly solicitors about a FREE INITIAL ASSESSMENT.
If we think you might be able to recover your nursing care costs, we will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, so it won’t cost you a penny if we can’t recover your care costs.
Whether your parents or relatives qualify for NHS funding or not, if they have to go into care, you will need to set up a Lasting Powers of Attorney in order to be able to deal with their affairs in the event that they lose the capacity to make their own decisions.
If you do not set up Lasting Powers of Attorney, you will have to apply to the Court to grant you the power to deal with their affairs, which can be expensive and time consuming.
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When dealing with your parent or relatives care funding issues, it’s always a good idea to sort out their financial affairs at the same time, by making a Will. Making a Will ensures that your parents or relatives wishes will be carried out after they are gone. It’s a simple process and avoids any unnecessary disputes over inheritance which can arise.
We offer a Free writing service.
We have produced two FREE GUIDES to help you understand your entitlement to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding and how you can legally reduce your liability for your future nursing home costs.
Please feel free to download our FREE GUIDES with no obligation.
Even if you are not entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding, there are a number of ways in which we can help you to reduce your care costs and plan for your future care home funding, including:
Please have a look at some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Care Funding and our Services.
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