Doris is 78 and has been diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, which affects more than 100,000 people in the UK.

When Doris was first diagnosed she established two Lasting Powers of Attorney so that her husband Ted could look after her finances as well as her health and welfare as needed. The progressive nature of her condition coupled the changes to her personality and behaviour means that she can no longer live in her own home. Ted has found a specialist care home that can look after her often challenging condition.

Ted meets with their GP, who thinks that Doris may qualify for Continuing Healthcare as such he requests an assessment. Ted can discuss Doris’s health with the GP and make these decisions for his wife as he has the appropriate Lasting Power of Attorney - if you are not sure what this means or how to get one ask one of our legal experts.

Unlike local authority funding, NHS Continuing Healthcare is not means-tested but it is very much dependant on the health of the applicant.

The GP, or any other relevant professional for example, the district nurse, social worker or care home manager will be able to consider/review the 'checklist' and go on to request that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) carry out an assessment using a Decision Support Tool, this is done as a larger case conference with everyone involved in Doris’s care which includes Ted.

Not knowing much about this and floundering a bit, Ted has sought the services of a specialist to help complete the form and liaise with the NHS on his behalf.

To find out if a person is likely to qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare why not ask Anne Reed, our Continuing Healthcare expert?

Please don't be afraid to ask for help this can be a lengthy, emotional and scary time and our experts can support you through it…

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