If you or someone you care for is struggling with dementia, then you may want to consider applying for continuing health care support from the NHS. This support is intended to pay for the day to day care and assistance that you need to stay healthy and to cope with important tasks, whether that is going to work, taking your medications or otherwise staying healthy.
The continuing healthcare support is given to people who have serious issues that limit their day to day life. In cases where someone needs urgent assistance a doctor can fast track an application to allow a person to get help quickly. In milder cases, the process involves interviews, visits, and discussions with carers and health care professionals, before the case goes before a panel at the local Clinical Commissioning Group. If your request is denied then you can appeal and have it reconsidered.
In some cases, the Clinical Commissioning Group will decide that a claim does not qualify for the UK Continuing Health Care support in full, but will still agree to come to an arrangement with social services to make payments in partnership. This means that they can help a wider range of people to get the care and support that they need.
The process of applying for support can be lengthy, but care is taken at every step of the way to ensure that people are not intimidated or made uncomfortable by the interviews, the questions asked, or the checks that are made on the person’s health and wellbeing.
If a claim is approved, then the patient will be assigned a case manager that will help them to use the support to access the health care and day to day assistance that they need. This person will meet with them regularly, answer questions, and generally help the person to navigate the health care and social care system.
The NHS has published guides to the Continuing Health Care system, including a plain English guide that answers the most common questions that people may have. Even with this help and advice, some people find it difficult to understand the process and struggle with the forms, visits, and meetings. They may prefer to have a solicitor help them with the process. This is especially true for people with dementia who have carers that are perhaps older or struggling with their own health issues. Having someone who can help you to understand the paperwork and give you advice on what each meeting is for, how long the process will take, and what is happening at each stage can go a long way towards making the process less stressful and putting your mind at ease.
With the right support, dementia sufferers can enjoy a good quality of life and stay involved with their favorite pastimes, as well as retain their independence. That is what the continuing healthcare payments are for. If you are not sure if you or the person you care for will qualify, then discuss the issue with your GP or dementia specialist.