Your relative has every entitlement to an assessment for Continuing Healthcare, if they reasonably believe that they have a Primary Healthcare need.
The NHS is under an obligation to undertake an assessment in all cases where it “appears that there may be a need for such care” – this is critical.
In many circumstances, we hear from clients that staff within the NHS often give misleading or false statements when asked about Continuing Healthcare Funding. For example:
“People with Dementia don’t qualify for funding”
“Your relative won’t qualify”
“Your relative has to pay for care”
“Your relative doesn’t appear to have any health needs, etc.”
In other circumstances, we hear that people are told that an assessment has already been done, or, for example:
“Your relative has been continually assessed whilst they’ve been in hospital, so we don’t need to do any more checks”
“Your relative has already been assessed and they don’t qualify”
“Your relative will have to pay for an assessment”
“An assessment will take too long. Your relative will have to pay for care until we can arrange one”
Again, statements along these lines are simply incorrect.