New support limits announced


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

The Nursing Home Fees Agency (NHFA) reports that the capital limits for means testing for local authority support in care homes is to be increased with effect from April 12, 2004. The lower capital limit is raised from £12,000 to £12,250 and the higher capital limit is raised from £19,500 to £20,000. Individuals with capital below £12,250 will have to contribute their income towards the care home fees, less £18.10 retained for personal expenses (previously £17.50). Individuals with capital of between £12,250 and £20,000 will also have to contribute a further amount of £1 per week for each £250 of capital between these two figures. Individuals with capital above £20,000 will have to meet the full cost themselves. NHS Nursing Care Contribution The NHS contribution towards nursing care costs in nursing homes is payable in three bands. These are to be increased with effect from April 1, 2004: lower band remaining at £40, middle band from £75 to £77.50 and higher band from £120 to £125. Where an i





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