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Paying For Care At Home & Care Home Funding

Community care solicitors explain how we can help secure funding for care fees from health and social care services

“We would like to thank you for your skill, advice and expertise in our case against the Council. We are delighted with the outcome and are very pleased that we were fortunate enough to choose you to advise and represent us.”
‘Chris’, Planning and Paying for Care Client 

Paying for care for elderly or vulnerable people

To protect your family, it is important to plan ahead for how you will cope should you or a member of your family need to pay for care at home, nursing care or a residential home.

If your assessable assets are over £23,250 you will pay care fees in full. You may be entitled to care funding assistance if you qualify for  NHS continuing healthcare or Section 117 aftercare funding. In addition to means tested social care, other rules will affect what care funding you receive.

Care funding and care home funding rules are complex and there are often mistakes when assessing how much someone should pay for their care.

Martin Searle Solicitors specialise in community care law. We make sure social services correctly apply financial assessment rules so you can avoid care home fees that you are not required to pay.

We offer advice on how to avoid selling your house to pay for care and ensure your partner has enough to live on after you move into residential care.

Please refer to our Paying For Care Frequently Asked Questions.

It may be useful to refer to our list of Abbreviations Used in Community Care Law and Abbreviations Used in SEN and Disability Law.

How we can help with care home fees

If you’re entitled to care home funding, Cate Searle and our team of Community Care lawyers can ensure you avoid care home fees so that you do not overpay for care. We can advise on deprivation of assets rules and how social services will assess assets including:

  • Income and capital assessments
  • Investments
  • Any property
  • Jointly held assets

We can advise on alternative funding options including deferred payment agreements (social services’ loans) to pay care home fees, and help you understand top up fees and out of area placements.

Help with paying for care at home

If you or a loved-one want to be cared for at home, we can advise you on the steps to take to access appropriate funding for paying for care at home. We can also help you access other funding such as disabled facilities grants for adapting your home. We can also advise on respite care to give a family carer a break, and charging rules for temporary care placements. If you require care and have complex health needs, you may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding of care at home.

Contact us today on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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