New rules will change funding system

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

With little funding in real terms coming into the long term care equation, The Health and Social Care Bill is about to change the rules. Philip Spiers of the Nursing Home Fees Agency, says the changes further complicate an already labyrinthine funding system. We have already received advance notice from the Department of Health on some of the proposed changes to charging for residential care included in the Health and Social Care Bill, shortly to receive Royal Assent. Some of the proposed changes will have an impact on advice giving to older people who are about to enter care homes. Three month property disregard This is effective for all people who enter care homes after April 9, 2001. Previously the decision to be made during the interim funding period, when property was on the market, was whether to accept a loan from the local authority or choose to remain independent and claim a number of Income Support benefits with attendance allowance, potentially saving around £90 per week on the care bill during

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