NHS must do more to promote care home fee compensation scheme

Published: 08/02/2013

As the final deadline to reclaim care home fees draws ever closer, the NHS has been criticised for failing to highlight to families who have been wrongly paying fees that they can reclaim these charges which, in some instances, total tens of thousands of pounds.

Anyone requiring long term care for a health reason, such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia or after suffering a stroke, is entitled to NHS continuing care and to have their fees fully funded by their Primary Care Trust.

However, flawed assessments led to thousands of patients having to fund their own care.

We are helping hundreds of people who paid for care between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2011. Whilst people are now unable to register a claim for this period, they could still be able to reclaim care home fees paid between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012.

But time is of the essence.

You have until 31 March 2013 to register a claim for this period. With care home fees costing an average of £700 per week, some claims could be worth around £36,000.

With the NHS seemingly doing the bare minimum to communicate both the scheme and its deadline, it is essential those who have been affected are proactive in their approach if they are to recover any of these charges.

Contact our dedicated team and take your first step into recovering care home fees.

Content correct at time of publication

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